New York Yankees star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 29 with a forearm strain and wrist tendinitis. He has resumed throwing and is likely to make a start in Seattle next week.
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Tanaka Likely to Make Start in Seattle
Friday, May 29
Manager Joe Girardi said that Tanaka would start next Wednesday in Seattle, according to Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal.
This injury showed no changes to the status of his ulnar collateral ligament, per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, a ligament Tanaka tore midseason last year that caused him to go on the 60-day DL.
In four starts this season, Tanaka has gone 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. He last pitched April 23 against the Detroit Tigers, logging 6.1 innings and getting the no-decision.
Tanaka looked strong in limited action early in the 2015 season, which lifted any suspicions—at least for that period of time—that his right pitching arm wasn't healthy.
It remains to be seen whether Tanaka hurt himself in this instance compensating for other areas of his body or if it was simply a fluky injury. In any event, New York needs Tanaka in its rotation after finishing 21st in MLB with 83 quality starts in 2014.