New York Yankees star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is nearing full recovery and will ramp up his rehabilitation over the next few days, say team executives.
Tanaka has not been pitching for the last two weeks due to a right wrist tendinitis and forearm strain.
However, the Yankees’ management isn’t giving any return-dates as they worry the wrist injury is related to Tanaka’s partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
They also worry that Tanaka will need to undergo Tommy John Surgery, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi is “encouraged” Tanaka can avoid the surgery based on his throwing abilities during practice.
Last year Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees.