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Yankees Masahiro Tanaka Scheduled To Throw Off Mound

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Masahiro TanakaStarting pitcher for the New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka, is scheduled to throw off of a mound for the first time on Saturday after injuring his right elbow in Early July.

About a month ago Tanaka received a platelet rich plasma injection into his right elbow in order to help facilitate healing as the Japanese pitching import is looking to avoid having to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair his partially torn Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his pitching elbow.

Tanaka is approximately ¬†1 1/2 weeks into his throwing program following the injury and is ready to return to throwing from a mound. Tanaka¬†stated, through a translator that, “he will throw a 25 pitch side tomorrow.”

Tamaka has said that he has felt no pain during his throwing program so far as he has progressed from throwing the ball from 60 feet, to 90 feet, and ultimately to 120 feet over the past week and a half. If Tanaka continues progressing in this manner without any setbacks, he should be able to rejoin the Yankees rotation in September.

Before the injury Tanaka was having an incredible season, posting a 12-4 win loss record, while recording a 2.51 ERA and an astounding 135/19 strikeout to walk ratio in 18 starts pitching 129 1/3 innings. Tanaka signed a 7 year $155 million contract with the Yankees last winter.

Even with the return of Michael Pineda from the disabled list, the Yankees are still without 3/5ths of their opening day rotation with Tanaka still injured, CC Sabathia out with a knee injury, and Ivan Nova having underwent Tommy John surgery.

The Yankees rotation has certainly had its share of rotation problems this season, but they still have a chance to make a final push towards a playoff spot, and if Tanaka manages to return, he will certainly help that effort.

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