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Masahiro Tanaka Reacts to Arm Soreness and New York Yankees Shutting Him Down

August 29th, 2014 at 5:53 PM
By Michael Moraitis

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka spoke to the media on Friday after it was reported that he felt some soreness in his arm, but not specifically his elbow.

Erik Boland of Newsday has the latest on where Tanaka is feeling the soreness:

The good news there is that the pain isn't in his elbow where he suffered a slight UCL tear, but rather his entire arm, so it isn't immediately something Tanaka is worried about.

On top of that, it seems the Japanese star may think that his increased workload after a long layoff is to blame, per Mark Feinsand of Newsday:

Despite the Japanese star sounding optimistic about this setback, nothing has been discussed between Tanaka and the team in terms of his chances of returning in 2014 with this latest development, per Jack Curry of YES Network:

Tanaka's simulated game set for Tuesday will almost certainly be postponed and this will push his return date back from the first week of September to around mid-September.

Luckily for the Yankees, their season doesn't make or break with Tanaka. Yes, they need him to win a World Series, but it's the Yanks' offense that needs to wake up in order to get them to October in the first place.

Even if New York falls out of it, Tanaka has said he plans on pitching again this season. At this point, it would be a great sign just to see him on the field and looking dominant again to close out the season.

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