MLB

New York Yankees
Career W-L
12-4
 
Career ERA
2.51
Name  Masahiro Tanaka
Born  11/1/1988
Height  6-2
Weight  205
Number  19
Position  SP
Bats  R
Throws  R
8/20/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday using fastballs, curveballs, sliders and even his splitter. SOURCE: Bryan Hoch, mlb.com
Insight: Tanaka continues to clear hurdles as he attempts to come back from a partially torn UCL, but he's walking a tightrope anytime he steps on the mound. One setback will likely mean Tommy John surgery.
 
8/16/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a bullpen session Saturday and pitching coach Larry Rothschild said he came through it "fine," according to Erik Boland of Newsday.
Insight: Tanaka is fighting long odds in trying to avoid Tommy John surgery for his partially torn UCL. How he feels Sunday will go a long way toward determining if he'll be able to return this season.
 
8/4/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw Monday for the first time since he was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL. SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: Tanaka threw 25 pitches from 60 feet on flat ground and said everything felt normal. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection three weeks ago. The right-hander is fighting long odds in trying to avoid Tommy John surgery, but he'll be back in September if rest and rehab do the trick.
 
7/10/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL.
Insight: He'll try six weeks of rehab and PRP injections, but the odds are not good for his return. Think Dr. James Andrews. It's a disaster for both the Yankees and fantasy owners to lose a hurler like Tanaka (12-4, 2.51 ERA, 1.005 WHIP).
 
7/9/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have placed Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Tanaka has allowed nine runs on 19 hits and struck out eight in his last 13 2/3 innings. With CC Sabathia likely done for the season, Ivan Nova recovering from Tommy John surgery and Michael Pineda out indefinitely, the Yankees cannot afford to lose Tanaka for an extended period of time. He traveled to New York to have an MRI and the Yankees are waiting for the results.
 
Hot6/28/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka threw a complete game against the Red Sox Saturday night, but he took the loss after allowing a go-ahead solo homer to Mike Napoli in the top of the ninth.
Insight: Napoli hit a pitch into the first row in right-center field to put Boston ahead 2-1. Tanaka has been dominant this year, but home runs have been somewhat of an issue. In 106 2/3 innings, he's allowed 13 of them (1.1 HR/9) but 11 were solo shots.
 
Hot6/17/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka had his fifth game of the season with double-digit strikeouts Tuesday against Toronto.
Insight: Tanaka won his MLB-leading 11th game after allowing one run on six hits and striking out 10 in six innings Tuesday night. He has a 113/16 K/BB ratio in 99 2/3 innings.
 
Hot6/5/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka needed 104 pitches to get through six innings and had a season-low four strikeouts Thursday afternoon against the Athletics, but he only allowed one run to pick up his ninth win of the season.
Insight: Tanaka's nine wins rank second in baseball to Toronto's Mark Buehrle. The 25-year-old hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any start this season.
 
5/31/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka produced another memorable outing Saturday against the Twins.
Insight: In eight innings, Tanaka (8-1, 2.06 ERA) allowed just four hits and one run (it was unearned), striking out nine while surrendering two walks. The rookie from Japan hasn't let up more than three earned runs in any of his 11 starts this season and looks to be a legitimate Cy Young contender. We'll see him pitch again Thursday against Oakland.
 
5/21/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka dropped his first decision in almost two years Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: That breaks up a string of 42 consecutive starts without a loss. Tanaka wasn't awful (6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 K's, 1 BB) but he wasn't sharp either. He'll look to rebound Sunday against the White Sox.
 
Hot5/14/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka threw his first career shutout Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: New York's pitching staff was crushed for 21 runs the past two games and currently has CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova on the DL, but Tanaka stepped up like a true ace to stop the bleeding. He allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked none to improve to 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. His K/BB this season is 66/7 in 58 innings.
 
Hot4/22/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Back-to-back solo homers from David Ortiz and Mike Napoli were the only blemishes on New York starter Masahiro Tanaka's record Tuesday in his first taste of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.
Insight: Tanaka gave up three doubles and the two round-trippers but held Boston to two runs over 7 1/3 innings while striking out seven and walking none. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.15 ERA, a 0.82 WHIP and an impeccable 35/2 K/BB in 29 1/3 innings.
 
Hot4/16/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was dominant in his third major league start Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Tanaka (2-0, 2.05 ERA) struck out ten in eight scoreless innings. Opponents are hitting just .185 against the 25-year-old this season.
 
4/9/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka fanned 10 Orioles in seven innings Wednesday, but he made one mistake: a three-run homer allowed to Jonathan Schoop.
Insight: Those are the only runs Tanaka gave up in a no decision. The 25-year-old has an 18/1 K/BB, a 3.21 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP after his first two MLB starts.
 
1/22/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: According to Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com, the New York Yankees have agreed to a seven-year, $155 million contract with Japanese righty Masahiro Tanaka.
Insight: The 25-year-old went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings for Tohoku Rakuten last season, but the Yankees will probably be satisfied if he duplicates the 3.90 ERA Yu Darvish put up as a rookie in 2012.
 
1/13/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Apparently, Masahiro Tanaka's wife would prefer that he sign with a West Coast team. SOURCE: David Waldstein, New York Times
Insight: That makes the Dodgers the early favorites though Tanaka may reconsider if the Yankees or Red Sox offer him more money. Teams have until January 24th to bid on the star righthander.
 
1/10/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: USA Today's Bob Nightengale published two conflicting reports on Friday. His first report said the Dodgers were planning to "go all-out" for free agent starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, though hours later he said that L.A. was not going to "spend wildly" in their pursuit of Tanaka.
Insight: So which is it, Bob? Probably a little of both. The Dodgers clearly want Tanaka (Who wouldn't? He was undefeated in Japan last season.) but if the bidding gets too high, they may walk away and instead focus on signing Clayton Kershaw to a long-term contract. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle says that Tanaka would prefer to play for a team in a big market like the Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, Angels or Dodgers.
 
1/9/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has arrived in the United States, according to Yankees beat writer David Waldstein.
Insight: Let the bidding begin. Hopefully he lands with a winning club that has a spacious ballpark to keep his statistics at a high level. Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 212 innings for Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2013.
 
1/5/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: According to Baseball America's Ben Badler, the Mariners have emerged as the favorites to land Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
Insight: The Mariners have signed Japanese players in the past including Ichiro Suzuki, Kaz Sasaki and more recently Hisashi Iwakuma. Seattle already made a big splash in free agency last month when they inked Robinson Cano to a ten-year deal. Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 27 starts for Rakuten last season.
 
12/26/2013 6:31:00 PM
Description: Teams have until January 24th to sign Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The righthanded ace was posted by Rakuten of the Japanese Pacific League on Tuesday night.
Insight: Tanaka was ranked third in this year's free agent class by ESPN insider Keith Law. The 25-year-old was sensational in Japan last season, compiling a 24-0 record with a 1.27 ERA in 27 starts. He throws a low 90s fastball with a splitter ESPN's Jerry Crasnick described as reminiscent of Curt Schilling. The Yankees, Angels, Diamondbacks and Dodgers are considered the favorites to land Tanaka. Whoever signs him will have to pay Ratuken a $20 million posting fee.
 

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