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Tanaka says injured arm feels fine

Kyodo

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw 35 pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday as he continues his rehabilitation from an elbow injury.

In his second bullpen session since going on the disabled list, Tanaka tested out his curve, slider and split-fingered fastball while throwing from a set position.

“It’s been a while since I threw any breaking pitches, so you can’t say they were particularly good,” said Tanaka, who threw 25 fastballs on Saturday during his first bullpen since going on the disabled list on July 9 with a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

“My elbow felt fine while I was throwing. I was paying attention to both my mechanics up to my release as well as the movement I was getting (on my pitches).

“I was able to throw all my pitches. Now it’s a matter of throwing game-quality pitches.”

A day earlier, Tanaka had tested out his elbow by throwing his breaking pitches from level ground.

“So far, so good,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “Every step has been positive for him and that’s obviously the way we hope it continues to go. Each step he increases intensity.”

  • Akira Umeda

    Icing for 3d, no operation, resting for more than 1M, is it correct? If there is not pain, his partial tear in ligament seems to be mild. Good luck!