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New York Yankees Injury Updates: Masahiro Tanaka, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran

August 16th, 2014 at 1:50 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Here are some of the latest updates on injured New York Yankees such as Masahiro Tanaka, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann.

Masahiro Tanaka's Saturday Bullpen Session

Tanaka threw from a mound for the first time since his elbow injury and reports everything is fine. The next step will be throwing breaking pitches, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

When asked what he thought of Tanaka, pitching coach Larry Rothschild was pleased, but refused to put a date on the Japanese star's return, per Meredith Marakovits of YES Network:

Indeed it will be important how Tanaka feels on Sunday morning since sometimes inflammation and other problems can arise the next day after throwing. Still, it's good to see Tanaka is still making progress and the first week of September for his return still looks possible.

Brian McCann to Return on Sunday

While he isn't an option off the bench for the Yankees on Saturday, Brian McCann will be ready to go tomorrow after his seven-day stint on the concussion disabled list is over, according to the Yankees catcher, per Meredith Marakovits of YES Network:

Concussions can be a tricky thing to deal with, but McCann's seems to have bounced back nicely from his. The Yankees could sure use his bat, as their offensive woes continue to bring down the 2014 season.

Carlos Beltran Back to the Outfield

For the first time since May, Carlos Beltran will be back in the outfield in right after an elbow injury kept him from his position, per Meredith Marakovits of YES Network:

That's great news for the Yankees.

If Beltran's elbow feels good enough to throw and play in the outfield, it likely means his elbow is healthier altogether, which should help him perform better at the plate.

On top of that, Beltran's move back to the outfield now opens up the designated hitter slot in the lineup and that gives manager Joe Girardi much more flexibility in giving guys more regular days off.

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