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Masahiro Tanaka Reacts After Monday Throwing Session with New York Yankees

August 5th, 2014 at 12:25 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Masahiro Tanaka made his first step towards returning to the New York Yankees on Monday after playing catch, and he spoke to the media about it shortly thereafter.

Daniel Barbarisi of The Wall Street Journal reports that Tanaka will step it up a bit on Tuesday with a more intense throwing session:

After his session, Tanaka was very pleased with the results and is excited that he's on the official road to recovery, per Jake Kring-Schreifels of

"I wasn't worried, I think I was more excited to be able to throw," said Tanaka through an interpreter. "I think I got to the next step, so I'm every relieved about that."

Tanaka didn't report any pain and as of Tuesday morning, the same is true. Tanaka wouldn't go into details about his decision to try and return in 2014, as it's too early to rule on that just yet:

"It's hard to say, it's hard to make any assessment on that," Tanaka said of his decision to return this season.

Only time will tell if Tanaka and the Yankees made the right decision. The history is certainly there to support what New York and the Japanese star are attempting to do, although it could also be construed as delaying the inevitable, which is Tommy John surgery.

But that's out of everyone's control at the moment. This is the path the Yanks have chosen to take and it was one that was given the green light by Tanaka's doctors.

We'll know even more about Tanaka sometime Tuesday after he holds his next throwing session and if there is no pain, he can continue making his way back from the elbow injury.

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