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Masahiro Tanaka Of New York Yankees Throws Simulated Game, Feels

"He said he would have to talk to the manager about that," said Yoshiki Sato, Tanaka's Japanese press liaison. The difference in perception cast some doubt about Tanaka's ability to return this season from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that generally requires Tommy John surgery and a year-long recovery period. The Yankees are attempting to rehab Tanaka's injury without surgery. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection after suffering the injury in a game on July 8, and after a three-week healing period was put on a throwing program designed to get him back on the mound sometime in September. Thursday's workout was Tanaka's first attempt to throw to a hitter under near-game conditions, with Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild calling balls and strikes from behind an L-screen on the infield. Ryan, a right-handed batter, was also asked to take some swings left-handed, and Tanaka got his only swing-and-miss of the session with Ryan batting from the left side. From the click here right side, Ryan grounded what appeared to be a single over the mound and lined another into center field in the company website first inning. He also hit a hard line drive to right in the third inning. "He looked good," Ryan said. <br>Full story:

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