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Friday, September 23, 2016

Masahiro Tanaka scratched from next start with elbow strain | New York Post

he Yankees’ dim playoff hopes took another hit Thursday, when Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a strained flexor mass in his right elbow after an MRI exam.

Joe Girardi volunteered the information before the Yankees’ 2-0 loss to the Rays Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

The manager tried to downplay the severity of the injury, calling it a “slight, slight, slight strain,” but this is Tanaka, who has had more than his fair share of elbow issues since joining the Yankees.

The strain is located more toward the wrist than the elbow, meaning the UCL isn’t involved.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka just can’t catch a break - Yankees Blog- ESPN

The numbers are there, and you can make of them what you will.

The seven times Masahiro Tanaka has pitched on extra rest this season, he has a 1.75 ERA and has allowed two home runs. The six times he has pitched on four days’ rest, he has a 4.70 ERA and has allowed six homers.

Tanaka’s start Saturday night was on four days’ rest, so you already know how it went. Tanaka made two very bad pitches that the Detroit Tigers turned into home runs (and a couple more that became long outs), and the New York Yankees’ five-game winning streak came to an end with a 6-1 loss.

Again, make of it what you will, because Yankees manager Joe Girardi is exactly right when he says a major league pitcher needs to be able to pitch on four days’ rest.

“I’m sure there’s something to it,” Girardi said. “But as a manager, when you’re playing 40 games in 41 days, you can’t have a six-man rotation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Masahiro Tanaka’s splitter is gone — is rest to blame? | New York Post

It’s only one game.

Masahiro Tanaka has built his career around his split-fingered fastball, and on Sunday, the Yankees got a glimpse of what he’d look like without it.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
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