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Masahiro Tanaka Newsbeat

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Harper: Tanaka concern may have been lost in translation - NY Daily News

It’s just a misunderstanding.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Masahiro Tanaka Abandons the Fastball | FanGraphs

Jeff Sullivan also tries to talk Yankees fans off the ledge.

And then, let’s think about Tanaka saying he’s changing his approach. The natural assumption is that Tanaka is trying to protect his own arm, and that’s sensible enough. Maybe he’s just trying to power down a little bit so as to reduce the stress on his elbow. But, alternatively, maybe Tanaka is just trying to be a little better? Dozens or hundreds of pitchers make adjustments in between seasons. When there aren’t injury questions, we consider them based on performance. Tanaka says his four-seamer was getting hit too much, so he doesn’t want to use it as often. It’s simple, and there doesn’t need to be a second motive. As an example of another Japanese starter who made a big change after Year 1, Yu Darvish dramatically reduced his hard-pitch rate. Pitches make changes. Even great ones. With Tanaka, it doesn’t have to be about protecting the self.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Worried about Masahiro Tanaka’s velocity? Don’t be | FOX Sports

CJ Nitkowski explains why Tanaka’s drop in fastball velocity isn’t a problem.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Tanaka: Sinker is why velocity will be down all year - NY Daily News

Pressed on if his velocity dip was caused by the two-seamer, or the need to protect his elbow, Tanaka said, “I think, yes, because of the fact I’m throwing more two-seamers, that could make the velocity go down a bit. As far as my pitching style and my mechanics, I’m trying to relax a little bit more when I’m throwing, so that might have to do with it a little bit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Masahiro Tanaka can avoid surgery and still be dominant, says Adam Wainwright - Newsday

Here’s some real hope for Yankees fans.

Still, Wainwright has no regrets about going with the nonsurgical option. He felt even better about it once he did have to go through the whole Tommy John ordeal.

“What I always tell people is, if you have a great chance to come back successfully, then you should not have the surgery,” Wainwright said. “People and parents don’t really understand the Tommy John procedure and how hard the rehab is. Even though they have great numbers to verify why you should have it, there’s still a percentage of people that don’t come back healthy.”

Wainwright said he’s often approached by parents asking if their son should have Tommy John—almost as if it’s an elective surgery—with the thought being that he’ll return with increased velocity.

Wainwright usually responds, “Well, does he have a blown-out ligament?”

If not, he recommends building up strength instead—in the shoulders, forearms and hands—to guard against injuries.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Yankees’ 6-day solution to keep Tanaka healthy | New York Post

Are they going to have one guy on their bench?

The Yankees have been talking about going to a six-man rotation for a while. Part of the problem is they already lost their fifth starter, Chris Capuano, to a quad injury. Esmil Rogers, Bryan Mitchell, Adam Warren and Chase Whitley are in play for that spot now. But if it is a grab-and-go six-man rotation, reaching down into the minors whenever that starter is needed, that makes the situation a bit easier and more manageable.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 28 comment(s)
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Monday, March 09, 2015

Tanaka slated for first spring start Thursday | yankees.com

The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. ET start in Tampa, Fla., and will air on MLB.TV, YES and MLB Network.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Friday, March 06, 2015

Why Masahiro Tanaka isn’t worried about the health of his elbow - Yahoo Sports

Mechanics? What did he change?

And for Tanaka, the latter begins with something so fundamental to success in his native Japan: pitching mechanics, something he believes led to his injury in 2014.

“I don’t think they were solid,” Tanaka told Yahoo Sports through interpreter Shingo Horie recently. “With the right mechanics, the right form, the right balance, you’re able to throw a solid pitch. It’s not about how much power you can put on the throw. It’s more about the mechanics. That’s what I believe.

“I’m never really satisfied. Your body is different every day. You’ve got to talk with your body and make small or, sometimes, big adjustments to get that pitch form right. It’s hard to get to a point where you’re completely satisfied with your mechanics.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 3 comment(s)
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