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New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka hasn't pitched since July 8 with a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow. He is now a step closer to returning after throwing breaking balls in a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. Afterward, he said his elbow feels fine, reports the New York Post. 

By SI Wire
August 20, 2014

New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka hasn't pitched since July 8 with a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow. He is now a step closer to returning after throwing breaking balls in a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. Afterward, he said his elbow feels fine, reports the New York Post

After the session, Tanaka spoke to reporters through a translator:

"I feel that I’ve gotten the health to the point where the elbow is fine now. I’m more looking toward playing in a game now. But even with that said, I do have to be cautious about the elbow."

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Before sustaining the injury, Tanaka was 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 129.1 innings. He made the American League All-Star team in July.

The Yankees are 8.5 games behind the Orioles in the AL East and 4 games back of the Detroit Tigers for the second AL wild card. 

- Alex Hampl  

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