Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is back from the disabled list after missing six weeks with a strained forearm and will start tonight against the Mariners.
Tanaka was hardly impressive on a brief minor-league rehab assignment, but the Yankees decided to bring him back quickly anyway and he’s expected to be on a limited pitch count of 80-85 versus Seattle.
While he didn’t quite look like his pre-injury 2014 self, Tanaka generally pitched well in four starts this season before being shut down again, logging 22 innings with a 3.22 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio.
Ryan Braun is away from the Brewers in order to undergo another cryotherapy procedure on his injured right thumb.
According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com it’s a pre-planned absence intended to keep Braun from needing significant time off throughout the season and the Brewers are hoping he’ll be back in the lineup by Sunday.
Braun got off to a rough start this season, but he’s hit .293 with seven homers and a .972 OPS in his last 25 games dating back to early May.
According the world’s leading expert on all things medical, Wikipedia, cryotherapy “is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy … to treat a variety of benign and malignant tissue damage.”
Right-hander Dillon Gee is back from the disabled list after missing four weeks with a strained groin and the Mets are making room for his return by going to a six-man starting rotation.
Gee will start tonight versus the Padres and the Mets will hope he can pitch well enough to generate some trade interest, but in the meantime they opted against sending 22-year-old top prospect Noah Syndergaard back to the minors.
Gee had a 3.86 ERA in five starts before the injury, basically matching his 3.91 career ERA in 670 innings for the Mets since 2010.