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Masahiro Tanaka to throw bullpen session Saturday

Sep 4, 2014, 4:46 PM EST

Masahiro Tanaka AP

Masahiro Tanaka continues to make progress in his attempt to return from a partially torn elbow ligament without needing Tommy John surgery, as the Yankees announced that he’ll throw a bullpen session Saturday.

That represents a big step for Tanaka, who’ll advance to throwing off a mound after playing catch from flat ground earlier this week.

Tanaka was shut down in mid-July, but rather than immediately go under the knife and begin the 12-month (or longer) recovery process he’s hoping rest and rehab will do the trick.

  1. ch0psuey - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    It’s been a couple hours I think we need an update on his elbow, was starting to get scared with no updates. Also I heard he might have stubbed his pinkie toe can we get an update on that as well?

  2. SocraticGadfly - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    What happened to the “general arm soreness” after his flat ground throwing? Seems like the Yankees haven’t said anything about that.

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/11433160/masahiro-tanaka-new-york-yankees-returns-new-york-general-soreness

    • larrymahnken - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      I think we can conclude that he no longer has any general arm soreness.

  3. bajamex - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    His arm soreness was the result of not throwing for an extended period of time.

    PS
    His pinkie toe is alright.

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