Pirates’ “Shark Tank” bullpen put an actual shark tank in the clubhouse

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Pittsburgh’s relievers have nicknamed the bullpen crew the “Shark Tank” because, as closer Jason Grilli explained to Steven Petrella of MLB.com, they “look for the smell of blood and go in for the kill.”

And to show just how committed they are to that nickname, Grilli and company brought an actual shark tank into the Pirates’ clubhouse. Petralla writes that Grilli researched sharks to find out how big they can be without “putting guys on the DL and losing a finger or an arm” and ended up getting a 150-gallon tank with multiple sharks and fish.

MLB.com has video of the setup:

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.