Bronx, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Yankees ace pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has been throwing in the outfield and was playing catch to continue his rehab for an elbow injury Thursday at Yankee Stadium.
Tanaka threw at a distance of 60 feet-90 feet before a game against the Detroit Tigers.
The 25-year-old has suffered the injury July and is trying to avoid season-ending Tommy John surgery through rehab.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka will travel to Baltimore with the team to continue his throwing exercises, according to MLB.
They are hoping he could increase his throwing distance to 120 feet and make a return by September.
If there are no setbacks regarding Tanaka’s right hand, he will move on to bullpen sessions and Minor League rehab games.
Girardi said, “I think you’ve got to get him onto the mound against competition, to really have a good idea where you’re at.”
Tanaka boasts a nifty 2.51 ERA and was a leading Rookie of the Year candidate before the injury.