Masahiro Tanaka to go on a rehab assignment

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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.