Masahiro Tanaka threw today for the first time since hitting the disabled list

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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.