Injuries were a part of Masahiro Tanaka's second season with the Yankees, but owners who were braced for the worst had to be happy with his results. Tanaka was limited to 24 starts, as he missed time in the first half with a right forearm strain and wrist tendinitis, but he finished 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He still presents the risk of someone who has a partially-torn UCL, and he had a bone spur removed from his right elbow this offseason. Not only does Tanaka have health concerns, but he featured a declining strikeout rate and was susceptible to home runs. He is still worth drafting in standard mixed leagues, but he should be targeted as a middle-of-the-rotation arm rather than as an ace or No. 2 SP.
Tanaka threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since undergoing offseason surgery. Tanaka had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in October, and it appears he's progressing well. He should be good to go as a full participant by the start of spring training, but it's still an encouraging sign after multiple elbow injuries in his brief major league career that he's resumed throwing on schedule.
Tanaka had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. The oft-injured pitcher went under the knife to remove a bone spur that apparently dated back to his time pitching in Japan. New York Daily News reporter Mark Feinsand noted that the recovery time for his injury will likely take close to six weeks meaning Tanaka should be fully healthy come spring training. However, considering Tanaka missed two and a half months in 2014 and another handful of starts in 2015, the 26-year-old pitcher will likely be another risky gamble for fantasy owners heading into 2016.
Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) gave up four runs on five hits and a walk in five innings against Boston on Wednesday. He struck out three. Both Tanaka and Red Sox starter Wade Miley were long gone by the time the Sox exploded for four runs in the 11th inning to win the game. He hadn't started since Sept. 18 due to the hamstring ailment, and Tanaka didn't exactly finish the regular season on a high note, but he'll be ready to go for the Yankees in the playoffs after finishing an injury-shortened regular season with a 3.51 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 154 innings spanning 24 starts.
Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) has been confirmed as Wednesday's starter. A hamstring injury has prevented Tanaka from taking the hill since Sept. 18, but he's been able to ramp up his throwing over the past week or so without any significant issues. Tanaka has gone 3-0 against Boston so far this season despite giving up 10 earned runs on 15 hits and five walks in 17.1 innings.
Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) will start Wednesday against the Red Sox, Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News reports. Tanaka was initially expected to be ready by Monday, but he'll still be able to return in the first half of the week. With the Yankees likely in line to play in next Tuesday's Wild Card game, it could be the final start of the regular season for the 26-year-old as the club lines up its playoff rotation.