Masahiro Tanaka threw a successful bullpen session

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From Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News

Masahiro Tanaka is still hopeful he can contribute to his team’s playoff push. A positive sign emerged as Tanaka, recovering from a partially torn UCL, came through a 34-pitch bullpen session before Saturday’s game in which he threw all of his pitches. It was his first bullpen session since being sent back to New York from Toronto last week after experiencing arm fatigue.

“I feel that it’s way stronger than it was, so way better,” the right-hander told reporters through an interpreter after his workout on Saturday. “I think the fatigue is done.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the next step in Tanaka’s rehab has not yet been determined, but it will either be a live batting practice session or a simulated game. Girardi is also optimistic that the Japanese ace will be able to pitch again before the end of the season: “That is the goal,” he said Saturday. “You have to get him in games to resolve the situation. That’s the bottom line because you can’t wait until next spring to resolve it. So it needs to resolve, and we’ll do everything we can to get him in games before we leave.”

It’s pretty rare for a pitcher with a torn UCL to avoid Tommy John elbow surgery, but here we are.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.