Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Masahiro Tanaka could begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday.
He has been ramping up his bullpen sessions lately, reaching 29 pitches yesterday and reporting no problems. Assuming all goes well with his rehab starts — one or two, you figure — he could be back with the Yankees at the end of the month.
Prior to being shut down Tanaka started four games with a 3.22 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.