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.
Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.
Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.
At least Josh Reddick is saying it:
It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.