Masahiro Tanaka says he has 'general soreness' in his throwing arm

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Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will travel back to New York after experiencing what he called "general soreness" in his throwing arm. 

In July, an MRI revealed a partially torn UCL in Tanaka's elbow. Tanaka elected to attempt to rehab the injury rather than undergo Tommy John surgery. 

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Tanaka threw 49 pitches in a simulated game Thursday morning in Detroit, leaving the Yankees hopeful he could return to the rotation in September.

Tanaka said that he has no pain in his elbow, and that he will not see a doctor when he returns to New York.

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The Yankees had planned to have Tanaka throw another simulated game Tuesday, but according to the YES Network's Jack Curry, that plan is now on hold. 

- Dan Gartland

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