Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has been cleared to resume his throwing program after being sidelined for the past two months with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.
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.
“Every manual test that they did came out really well," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, according to MLB.com. "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