New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw a simulated game and said the only injury he felt was that from which he felt on a regular basis when he pitches.
The Yankees are optimistic that they will get the early CY Young favorite back in September, and have potential plans to make a six-man rotation to ensure that they will not jeopardize his elbow and the future of the franchise. It is reported that Tanaka’s splitter had signs of having the same movement prior to his elbow injury, and if that is the case, the Yankees could really make a case for themselves as a wild-card favorite.
Starting pitching has not been an issue for the team as of late, and recently the bats have finally awakened for the team. Winners of seven of their last 10, the Yankees find themselves only 2.5 games out of the second American League Wild Card slot. This is great for the team and with the return of Tanaka, it could get better for a team that many thought were out of any playoff race a few weeks ago.
If the bats were to remain hot and continue to pick up timely hitting, and Tanaka were to look even semi similar to what he looked like before his elbow injury, the Yankees would give both the Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers a great run in the season’s final month.
Prior to his nasty injury, Tanaka was 12-4 with a 2.51 earned run average and an impressive 7.11 K/BB ratio. It’s safe to say the Yankees missed that in the rotation.