Rehabbing Tanaka throws off mound

Yankees right-hander had bone spur removed from elbow in October

February 9th, 2016

Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw off a mound Tuesday, his first time doing so since having arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow in October, according to pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

Rothschild told The Associated Press that Tanaka's throwing session took place in New York and that Tanaka's rehab is on schedule. The Yankees have said that the injury dates back to when the 27-year-old pitched in Japan.

"From what I've been told, his throwing program was right on target," Rothschild said, according to The New York Post. "He's on schedule to have a normal Spring Training and season. We'll have to monitor his rest and his elbow, but that goes for a lot of guys."

Tanaka was 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts last season, missing time because of right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain. He was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow during the 2014 season, his first with the Yankees.

Several of the Yankees' pitchers have made appearances at the team's Tampa, Fla., complex in advance of the official Feb. 18 report date for pitchers and catchers, including Luis Severino, Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi.

CC Sabathia appeared at the complex last week, and Rothschild also said that the left-hander "looks better than I've seen him in a few years," according to The Post.