MLB.com shares this highlight reel from Masahiro Tanaka’s first start since April 23 …
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Tanaka allowed just three hits and one run over seven innings, striking out nine Seattle hitters. He probably could have gone the distance — his final pitch count was just 78 — but you can understand why Yankees manager Joe Girardi opted to play it safe. Tanaka missed five weeks with a right forearm strain and tendinitis in his right wrist. And the Japanese hurler also still has a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
The Blue Jays announced on Monday the signing of lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. “Scrabble,” as he’s affectionately known, spent the first two and a half years of his career with the Blue Jays in 2009-11.
Rzepczynski, 34, hasn’t appeared in the majors since July 2018. He struggled across 44 2/3 innings with the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, last year. He posted a 5.04 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 28 walks.
While lefty relievers are always high in demand, it seems likely that Rzepczynski will begin the regular season in the minors and serve as organizational depth for the Blue Jays.