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Masahiro Tanaka Injury: Updates on Yankees Star's Forearm and Return

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent III

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka sits on the dugout bench before starting in his first game since he was shut down with an elbow injury last year in Tampa, Fla., Thursday, March 12, 2015. Tanaka pitched two scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Kathy Willens/Associated Press

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 suspicionsat least for that period of timethat 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.

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