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.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.