Masahiro Tanaka Newsbeat
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka underwent a procedure today to have a bone spur removed from his right elbow. The spur was present before Tanaka joined the Yankees in advance of the 2014 season, the team said.
Importantly, it appears that there has been no change in the status of Tanaka’s right ulnar collateral ligament. Tanaka has been pitching through a partially torn UCL for some time now, but still has yet to require Tommy John surgery.
New York says in its announcement that the Japanese hurler will require “six weeks of exercise and strengthening, followed by a throwing program.” The club expects that he’ll be recovered in time for spring training.
Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
This is the fourth year of the double-wild-card system, and, for the losing players and fans alike, these harsh sudden endings impose a quietus upon the pleasures and recollections of a season, and cast the winning pitchers as executioners. Nothing will be done about this—the arrangement is there to disguise too many teams competing for too few slots in October—but the gimmick makes for harsh feelings not common to the pastime. I unhappily recall an undue coolness or amused hauteur in my own brief description of the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner shutting down the Pirates, 8–0, in last year’s National League wild-card event, before a silenced and horrified home crowd of Pittsburgh loyalists.
The hangman this time was the Astros’ twenty-seven-year-old lefty starter Dallas Keuchel, who had yet to give up a run to the pinstripes this year, over two games and sixteen innings. He throws cutters and sliders to the outermost corners, and is otherwise notable for the clinging marmoset or shoeshine buffer attached to his lower chin. The Houston coaches had noticed that the Yankees’ starter, Masahiro Tanaka, likes to set up his excellent split-finger stuff with something faster and higher beforehand, which accounts for the home runs struck by Colby Rasmus in the second inning and by Carlos Gomez in the fourth, each on the first pitch of the inning.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Would be be too much trouble for the headline writer to get the name spelled correctly?
No pressure, Masahiro. It’s just a game where your legacy in New York.
This is a new Tanaka Time.
Masahiro Tanaka knows it’s time to earn his money.
This will be a much different Tanaka on the mound than the one whose pitches were sent into orbit by the Astros in Houston in June.
Tanaka is not one for such bold words, but there is too much pride on the line here.
This is the Tanaka who has been waiting for the postseason lights.
Posted: October 06, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 36 comment(s)
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