Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka took the mound today for his first bullpen session since being placed back on the disabled list, throwing 30 pitches at the team’s spring training complex in Florida.
Tanaka has been on the DL since April 29 with a strained forearm and wrist tendinitis. There’s no timetable yet for his return to the Yankees’ active roster and he’s not expected back before June.
However, after throwing Tanaka told reporters he was “happy about it” and “didn’t feel anything” wrong with his arm.
Prior to being shut down again Tanaka started four games with a 3.22 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio in 22 innings despite pitching much differently than he did before last season’s elbow problems.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.