Yankees RHP Tanaka to throw BP Saturday
Updated On: Aug 21 2014 05:00:24 PM EDT
Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka, who threw a 25-pitch bullpen session August 16, was able to mix split-finger fastballs and breaking pitches in Wednesday's 35-pitch workout Wednesday.
Last Saturday was the ace's first bullpen session in a month since going on the disabled list. Three different physicians diagnosed the small tear and recommended platelet-rich plasma therapy.
Tanaka has been on the disabled list July 9. The club hopes he can avoid season-ending surgery and return in September.
The Japanese star is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA over 18 starts in his first season as a major leaguer.
Entering Thursday, the Yankees were five games out of the wild-card race and nine games back in the American League East.
Prior to Thursday's game, the Yankees recalled utility man Zelous Wheeler from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and 0ptioned right-hander Chase Whitley.
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