Report: Joe Girardi says it's 'very possible' Tanaka could return
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Monday that it was "very possible" that pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's next appearance could be for the Yankees, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
Tanaka was sidelined with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in July. Though he initially staved off Tommy John surgery, he was still expected to sit out for six weeks.
On Monday afternoon his recovery was tested by an outing in a game at the Yankees' minor league facility in Florida
Tanaka threw a fifth inning. 6 hits, 4 K, 65 pitches. — Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) September 15, 2014
Prior to his injury in July, Tanaka notched a 2.51 ERA with 12 wins and four losses for New York. The Yankees, currently third in the AL East and five games behind the Kansas City Royals for the second AL Wild Card spot, play next on Monday evening in Tampa Bay.
- Christopher Woody