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Tanaka has 1st bullpen session since elbow injury

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, wipes his face during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tanaka is scheduled to throw a bullpen session tomorrow. (AP Photo/Chri Photo:

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, wipes his face during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tanaka is scheduled to throw a bullpen session tomorrow. (AP Photo/Chri

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has thrown 25 pitches in his first bullpen session in a month since going on the disabled list with a partial tear in his right elbow.

Tanaka, 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, pitched from the mound before Saturday's game against Tampa Bay. This is the Japanese right-hander's first season in the major leagues.

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka looked ''fine,'' but that it's ''more important how he feels tomorrow.''

The Yankees put Tanaka on the disabled list July 9 and hope he can avoid surgery and return next month.

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