Masahiro Tanaka felt a sense of relief after tossing a ball 25 times in the Yankee Stadium outfield Monday as he attempts to avoid Tommy John surgery and return for the Yankees' playoff push.
Masahiro Tanaka, who signed the fifth-largest contract for a pitcher in major-league history, has potential to one day be a "No. 3 starter," New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday.
The Masahiro Tanaka free-agency tour has hit the United States, as the Japanese ace and his agent began meeting with teams on Thursday.
The Yanks boast championship-level bullpen, but that's it in the first half.
The Yankees are in deep trouble, on the verge of falling into last place.
After retiring and being away from the major leagues for more than a year, Andy Pettitte will make his return to the New York Yankees on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday.
The New York Yankees have decided to demote starter Freddy Garcia to the bullpen with rookie David Phelps the favorite to assume the fifth starter role for the moment.