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Yankees Have Target Date for Masahiro Tanaka Return; 2nd Rehab Step Completed

August 5th, 2014 at 5:38 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees have a target return date for Masahiro Tanaka, and although we know what month it will take place in, we don't yet have the exact date.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted he is looking at a date in September, but he won't give anything more specific, per Daniel Barbarisi of The Wall Street Journal:

Tanaka was originally given a six-week timetable for return that would have put his comeback in the last week of August. Wisely, the Yanks appear to be content with taking their time with Tanaka in the hopes of not rushing him back and him suffering a worse injury that would require Tommy John surgery.

The first week of September would be a safe estimate should there be no hiccups along the way. That would leave about three weeks or so for Tanaka to make enough of an impact to get the Yankees to October.

As for his rehab, Tanaka once again took part in a throwing session on Tuesday, his second in two days. He threw the ball 50 times, which was a step up from the 25 he threw on Monday, and everything checked out fine for the Japanese star.

At this point, no news is good news in regard to Tanaka. Any setback will undoubtedly end his season and the 25-year-old will almost certainly have a date with Tommy John surgery in that instance.

Tanaka and the Yankees are looking to avoid that, thus their patience in bringing him back after his original timetable.


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