Tanaka (elbow) had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in his pitching elbow but is expected to be ready for spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
General manager Brian Cashman said Tanaka's elbow did not cause him any trouble during the postseason, but he underwent surgery after the Yankees' ALCS loss to remove the bone spur. While the surgery could limit Tanaka's offseason training, the 30-year-old is expected to be ready in time for spring training. In 32 games (31 starts) in 2019, the right-hander recorded a 4.45 ERA with a 149:40 K:BB.
Tanaka (1-1) took the loss in Game 4 of the ALCS on Thursday, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks with one strikeout against the Astros.
A three-run home run by George Springer in the third inning was the big hit against Tanaka, who was pitching on full rest due to Wednesday's rainout. Tanaka didn't generate a lot of swinging strikes Thursday, recording just the one strikeout after fanning 11 over his first two postseason starts. Tanaka may be able to appear for a cameo in Game 7 if the Yankees can make a comeback.
Tanaka will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Wednesday's rainout means the Yankees can go back to their Game 1 starter on full rest for Game 4. Tanaka is a good bet to help the Yankees dig out of a 2-1 hole given that he's allowed just one run on four hits in 11 innings this postseason.
Tanaka has been named the starting pitcher for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday against Houston, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Tanaka looked sharp in his lone playoff start in Game 2 of the ALDS, fanning seven while allowing just one run over five solid innings against Minnesota. He'll have a chance to ensure the Yankees get off to a strong start in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Tanaka was named the starter for Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Twins, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
The 30-year-old was shaky over the second half of the season but will be a part of a three-man rotation for the Yankees in the ALDS alongside James Paxton and Luis Severino, with CC Sabathia (rest) unavailable for the opening series. Tanaka carries a 6-4 record with a 5.26 ERA and a 59:15 K:BB since the All-Star break.
Tanaka (11-9) went three innings and gave up two runs on five hits and one walk along with two strikeouts as he got hit with the loss Sunday against the Rangers.
Tanaka entered the game in the second inning after Chad Green opened the game in the first. The Yankees already had their spot in the playoffs locked up and so this game was used as more of a warmup for Tanaka so he wouldn't get rusty at all before his next start in the ALDS. Tanaka has had an up-and-down second half of the season but always possesses the capabilities to mow down opposing lineups. He is expected to be handed the ball in Game 3 of the divisional series against Minnesota, a team that the right-hander has yet to face this season.
Tanaka is expected to follow an opener Sunday at Texas as he makes an abbreviated outing, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Tanaka will pitch as scheduled in the season finale, but he'll be on an undisclosed workload restriction with the Yankees preparing for the ALDS next weekend. The right-hander has endured a tough second half with a 5.35 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 57:14 K:BB over 74 innings but will look to end on a positive note.
Tanaka will pitch a shortened outing Sunday and could be used behind an opener, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Tanaka is currently listed as the Yankees' probable starter for Sunday's season finale against Texas but the club may elect to pitch him behind an opener instead. Regardless of how he is used, Tanaka will be on a limited pitch count, though it is unclear how long he will be allowed to remain in the game. The Yankees have little at stake in their remaining two games, so Tanaka's appearance is being treated as a warmup before the start of the postseason.
Tanaka (11-8) picked up the win against the Angels on Thursday, giving up one earned run on four hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking none as the Yankees prevailed 9-1.
Tanaka had given up eight runs over nine innings in his last two starts coming into the contest, but he bounced back with a sharp effort against the Angels and cruised to his 11th win of the season. It was good to see from the right-hander, who has had an erratic campaign overall, with his 4.47 ERA across 179 innings representing a substantially higher number than his career mark of 3.77.
Tanaka will make his next start Thursday against the Angels, Mike Mazzeo of Yahoo Sports reports.
Tanaka was in line to start Friday against the Blue Jays, but fellow starter J.A. Happ needs one more day to recover from his biceps injury, so manager Aaron Boone decided Tanaka and Happ would swap spots in the rotation. Tanaka's last start came Friday, so he will still have the benefit of an extra day of rest between outings.
Tanaka allowed four runs on eight hits with zero walks and six strikeouts across five innings during a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday.
Although he avoided a loss, Tanaka's second-half struggles continued Friday night. While he is 5-3 since the All-Star break, the right-hander also owns a 5.78 ERA in his last 12 starts, which has increased his ERA nearly a full run over the last two months. He is 10-8 with a 4.60 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 141 strikeouts in 172 innings this season. Tanaka will get another crack at the Blue Jays in his next outing Friday at home.
Tanaka did not factor into the decision against Boston on Sunday, hurling four innings and giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out two. He did not walk a batter.
Tanaka gave up a pair of singles but held the Red Sox scoreless through the first two innings. The third and fourth frames did not go as smoothly, however, as he allowed three hits and two runs in each inning. Tanaka was then replaced at the start of the fifth after tossing 80 pitches -- his lowest pitch count since he threw 79 against Toronto on July 14. The 30-year-old will carry a 4.53 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 135:39 K:BB through 167 innings into his next start, on the road against the Blue Jays on Friday.
Tanaka (10-8) took the loss Monday as the Yankees were blanked 7-0 by the Rangers, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings while striking out five.
The right-hander didn't pitch badly, tossing 68 of 103 pitches for strikes en route to his fourth quality start in his last five trips to the mound, but the Yankees' offense went uncharacteristically silent. Tanaka will carry a 4.42 ERA and 133:39 K:BB through 163 innings into his next outing Sunday in Boston.
Tanaka (10-7) got the win against the Mariners on Tuesday, giving up no runs on three hits over seven strong innings, striking out seven and walking one as the Yankees cruised to a 7-0 victory.
Tanaka has been on an erratic run of form lately, but he was able to settle down in this one and shut down the Mariners to easily pick up his 10th win of the season. His recent inconsistency still leaves him with a 4.47 ERA, but Tanaka's other numbers look solid, as he's got a 1.22 WHIP and 128:37 K:BB across 157 innings. He'll look to build on this outing in his next start, which will pit him against the Rangers at home Monday.
Tanaka (9-7) pitched six innings and took the loss against Oakland on Thursday, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five.
Tanaka entered the game having won his last two starts but couldn't keep the streak going Thursday as he was knocked around early by Oakland. He needed 33 pitches to get through the first inning, giving up three runs on a trio of hits and a pair of walks. He then breezed through a seven-pitch second inning but found himself in trouble again in the third, allowing three straight hits to begin the frame and surrendering two more runs. Although he held the Athletics scoreless on a pair of hits the rest of the way, the early damage proved too much for the Yankees' offense to overcome. Tanaka will try to get back into the win column when he hits the road to face Seattle on Tuesday in his next scheduled start.
Tanaka (9-6) allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and two strikeouts across 6.1 innings Friday to record a victory over Cleveland.
The right-hander has been inconsistent during the second half, and his strikeouts are down since the end of June, but he's been very good in his last two outings, both of which he won. Tanaka has yielded two runs in his last 14.1 innings (1.26 ERA), which has lowered his ERA nearly half a run. Hopefully this continues, but keep in mind, because of a few really poor outings, Tanaka owns a 6.92 ERA and only 32 strikeouts in 52 innings over his last 10 starts. Overall, he has a 4.56 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 116 strikeouts in 144 innings this season. Tanaka will face the Athletics on the road in his next start Thursday.
Tanaka (8-6) picked up the win after allowing three hits and striking out four over eight-plus scoreless innings Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Tanaka pounded the strike zone in Sunday's matchup, firing 66 of 94 pitches for strikes before being lifted with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth. The 30-year-old right-hander bounced back from a poor showing his last time out, surrendering five runs on 10 hits against the Orioles (5.1 innings). Following his most recent outing, Tanaka owns a 4.64 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with a 114:34 K:BB over 137.2 frames.
Tanaka's next start will come Sunday against the Blue Jays, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
The Yankees have elected to roll with an opener for Saturday's matchup, which is the day Tanaka was scheduled to pitch. Instead, he'll toe the rubber for the series finale.
Tanaka surrendered five runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out four over 5.1 innings Monday against the Orioles. He didn't factor into the decision.
Tanaka allowed just one run through the first five innings of his night, though the Orioles struck for five runs in the sixth, four of which belonged to the 30-year-old right-hander. Perhaps he pounded the strike zone too much in this one, firing 60 of 92 pitches for strikes. Tanaka owns a 4.93 ERA and 1.32 WHIP with a 110:34 K:BB over 129.2 innings this season following Monday's performance.
Tanaka allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over four innings during Wednesday's 7-5 win against the Diamondbacks. He struck out four and didn't qualify for the decision.
Tanaka started the day with four scoreless frames but gave up two singles to start the fifth before a rain delay ended his outing, with both baserunners coming around to score after play resumed. The 30-year-old has a 4.78 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 106:32 K:BB through 124.1 innings and next lines up to pitch Monday at Baltimore.
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