New York Yankees One Step Closer For The Return Of Tanaka-Mania
It looks like New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is one step closer to returning to the pitchers mound after a tossing session today.
According to a report from ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, Tanaka said his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) felt “good” during the trowing session, and he may be able to return to the mound just in time for the Yankees stretch run.
The Japenese pitcher received a procedure that is called a platelet-rich plasma injection on July 14. The Yankees hope the procedure helps Tanaka avoid Tommy John surgery, which would rule him out for next season as well.
New York has lost 4/5 of their opening starting day pitching staff. David Phelps who started last night, and had been doing a good job covering the team in the midst of a possible monumental collapse, injured himself last night during a game against the Boston Red Sox.
IF he was to return, Tanaka would have to wait until about September to return.
He has a 12-4 record with a 2.51 ERA so far this season.