Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the DL at the end of April with tendinitis in his wrist. The MRI was clean and, at the time, it was said that there was no timetable to return to New York’s rotation. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that it would be at least a month, “conservatively.”
Today, it seems, Tanaka has started the road back, with Jamal Collier of MLB.com reporting that he threw today for the first time since landing on DL. Tanaka made 50 throws at 60 feet, presumably from flat ground.
The Yankees have been playing some good baseball despite the absence of their Opening Day starter and they currently sit atop the A.L. East, two games ahead of the Rays.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”