Wednesday September 3rd, 2014

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has been cleared to resume his throwing program as he attempts to pitch again this season. 

Tanaka plans to throw a bullpen session sometime this week. The Yankees temporarily shut down his throwing program late last week after announcing he had experienced soreness. 

Tanaka has been out since July 9 with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and the team is hopeful that Tanaka can return to contribute to a potential playoff run.

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“Every manual test that they did came out really well," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, according to "They just said he had some arm fatigue. He's scheduled to throw a bullpen [session] sometime this week and hopefully he's ready to do it."

The Yankees have lost three in a row and are 9.5 games back of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East and five games out of the second wild-card spot in the AL.

- Scooby Axson

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