Some thoughts on Masahiro Tanaka’s setback

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Earlier this afternoon, the Yankees announced Masahiro Tanaka was heading back to New York with general soreness in his arm, and while they didn’t announce Tanaka was going to see a doctor, Joe Girardi did say Tanaka was just going to play catch without doing another bullpen session this week. With that being said, I had some thoughts on Masahiro Tanaka’s latest setback. Feel free to agree or disagree.

1) Do you believe his reason for going back to New York?

Masahiro Tanaka said he was going back to New York to work out at Yankee Stadium, mainly because he didn’t like the Rogers Centre workout complex. Now, I’m not saying Tanaka is lying, and maybe it’s true that Tanaka likes working out at the stadium, but the reasoning is a little fishy. Are the Yankees hiding something they don’t want the media and fans to know? Are the Yankees afraid the Tanaka news will have fans and media into a frenzy, so they’re covering up with a story that seems believable?

2) Did the Yankees rush him back for a potential Wild Card push?

It’s no secret having Masahiro Tanaka help the Yankees in their quest for the second Wild Card would vastly improve the team, but was it possible the Yankees rushed him back?  I think they might have rushed him back simply because they wanted a legitimate ace leading the rotation.

3) Should the Yankees have let Masahiro Tanaka have Tommy John Surgery when they found out about the UCL tear?

This was a tough call, considering the doctors said Tanaka wasn’t going to need surgery as of yet. However, not one pitcher has ever come back fully from a UCL tear without Tommy John Surgery. If Tanaka has the surgery, then ..read more

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Masahiro Tanaka has “general arm soreness”, flies back to New York

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I’ll cover this more in depth during the pregame notes, but this is what we have on the situation so far.

The New York Yankees announced Masahiro Tanaka has general arm soreness and is flying back to New York for ‘strength and conditioning’. Tanaka says the soreness isn’t in his elbow, but he believes the general soreness is because he hasn’t built up his arm strength. He claims he prefers to work out at Yankee Stadium versus the Rogers Centre workout training room and that’s the reason he’s flying back to New York. He’s not slated to meet a doctor while in New York but as we’ve learned, plans do change.

So the Yankees are sending Tanaka back to work out at Yankee Stadium…and that’s the story they’re sticking with. Okay then.

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BBDP: Top 5 Yankees first base prospects

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1. Greg Bird – 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, LHB, 1B, 21 – He’s already hitting well in Double-A at the age of just 21, and he’s hitting for power too. He’s one of the best first base prospects in the minors right now. He’s OPSing at .848 this year despite missing significant time. His numbers are right on par with where they were last year at higher levels. He is exactly what the Yankees tend to look for in a player. High OBP, patient approach, and power. His quad slash on the season is .270/.375/.473/.848. He’ll likely start next season in Double-A, where he will have a head start since he spent the end of the season there.

2. Mike Ford – 6-foot-0, 225-pounds, LHB, 1B, 22 – He just turned 22 on July 4th, and will start next season at the same age. We knew very little about Ford going into the season, except that he was born and raised in New Jersey and went to school at Princeton, where he excelled. This year he has shown us that he has some real talent despite being a non-drafted FA following the 2013 draft. He has 13 HR and 17 doubles in 102 games between Low-A and High-A. He has a .293/.383/.459/.842 line this season. He’s not the flashiest player and most probably still don’t know much about him, but trust me he’s officially on the Yankees prospect radar. He has ripped apart High-A pitching so far in his limited time there. He’ll start off in High-A next year and could move quickly to Double-A if Bird Moves up or they can fit him in at DH.

3. Kyle Roller – 6-foot-1, 250-pounds, LHB, 1B, 26 – No question about it, Kyle Roller has had a career year. He has done ..read more

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Yankees vs. Blue Jays pitching matchups

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Friday, August 29 Yankees: Chris Capuano (1-3, 4.37 ERA) Blue Jays: Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.41 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Buehrle: Stephen Drew (6-for-14, .429 AVG), Brett Gardner (11-for-26, .423 AVG), Chase Headley (3-for-9, .333 AVG), Derek Jeter (16-for-46, .348 AVG), Brian McCann (9-for-21, .421 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (25-for-58, .431 AVG), Mark Teixeira (15-for-50, .300 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Buehrle: Carlos Beltran (12-for-52, .231 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (7-for-30, .233 AVG), Martin Prado (3-for-15, .200 AVG),

Saturday, August 30 Yankees: Michael Pineda (3-2, 1.95 ERA) Blue Jays: Drew Hutchison (8-11, 4.68 ERA) Time: 1:07 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Hutchison: Stephen Drew (2-for-2, 1.000 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (5-for-11, .455 AVG), Derek Jeter (7-for-14, .500 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Hutchison: Brian McCann (1-for-6, .167 AVG), Martin Prado (0-for-3, .000 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-10, .100 AVG)

Sunday, August 31 Yankees: Brandon McCarthy (5-3, 2.47 ERA) Blue Jays: J.A. Happ (8-8, 4.40 ERA) Time: 1:07 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Happ: Carlos Beltran (7-for-21, .333 AVG), Derek Jeter (7-for-14, .500 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (4-for-7, .571 AVG), Mark Teixeira (2-for-6, .333 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Happ: Stephen Drew (2-for-9, .222 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (3-for-13, .231 AVG), Chase Headley (2-for-12, .167 AVG), Brian McCann (3-for-19, .158 ..read more

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Yankees acquire LHP Josh Outman

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The one night I thought the Yankees wouldn’t make a deal, the Yankees go ahead and make a deal for another lefty in the pen. Here’s the story:

The New York Yankees have acquired LHP Josh Outman from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later.

In 31 games for the Indians, Outman is 4-0 with a 3.28 ERA. He’s spent six Major League Seasons with the Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies and the Cleveland Indians, and is 16-11 with a 4.49 ERA in 152 games and 32 starts.

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Yankees drop series finale in ninth with 3-2 loss to Tigers

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The Yankees had the perfect opportunity to vault over the Detroit Tigers for the second Wild Card spot. Instead, they dropped the final game of the three game set with a score of 3-2 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

The Yankees scored their two runs early in the game: in the third, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a RBI single, scoring Zelous Wheeler. In the fourth, Brian McCann had an RBI ground out, scoring Carlos Beltran.

Hiroki Kuroda gave the Yankees everything they asked for, going seven innings while giving up two runs on four hits and striking out four. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth while striking out two and Shawn Kelley gave up the winning run in the ninth, earning him the loss this afternoon.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees will fly to Toronto where they will face the Toronto Blue Jays in a three game set. Chris Capuano will take the mound for the Yankees and Mark Buehrle will take the mound for the Blue Jays. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Masahiro Tanaka throws a simulated game

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This morning, Masahiro Tanaka threw a simulated game for three innings and 49 pitches. While he admits his control wasn’t great, he says he felt no pain, which is the most important thing.

“I’m looking more at health than anything else and making sure he’s not staying away from things,” Joe Girardi said. “He did not, so I was pleased. … It’s one thing to do a game like this and (another thing) to get in a real game. I understand that’s going to be a little bit different, but I didn’t see him favoring anything, and that’s a good sign.”

Brendan Ryan was the only player who faced Tanaka and he batted left and right handed against him. It turns out Ryan has been experimenting being a switch hitter with Stephen Drew while the two of them take their swings during batting practice. Ryan had two hits against Tanaka, one of the which he described an “Ichiro knock”. Overall, Ryan was extremely impressed with Tanaka, even though Tanaka wasn’t 100%.

“It feels like the velocity is there,” Ryan said. “Some of them are a little bit up or whatever, but that speaks to just being off for a little while. I don’t expect him to be pinpoint or anything like that. Just nice to see him throwing without any pain, from what we understand. He threw some really good sliders. That I didn’t quite expect. … He could go out there and get outs right now just on stuff alone.”

Joe Girardi doesn’t know the plan for Tanaka, but he expects it to be another game, whether a sim game or an intrasquad game should Tanaka experience no setbacks. But here’s the main question: ..read more

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Joe Girardi accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Yankees play a matinee game this afternoon and instead of Justin Verlander on the mound for the Tigers, they’re going to face LHP Kyle Lobstein, who is making his Major League Debut. However, before we get into today’s series finale, let’s start the day with another ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video.

Yankees skipper Joe Girardi took the Ice Bucket Challenge, and in the video he reveals he had an uncle pass away this year due to ALS. After Girardi took the Ice Bucket challenge, the New York Yankees donated $100,000 to the ALS Association. A classy move from a classy organization.

The video is on MLB.com, so it wouldn’t embed into the blog post, so just click the link here to see the video.

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