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Tanaka throws first bullpen session since hitting DL

Injured Yankees right-hander is looking to return to the rotation in September
08/16/2014 5:14 PM ET
By The Associated Press

Masahiro Tanaka throws in the Tropicana Field bullpen before Saturday's game against the Rays.(AP)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has thrown 25 pitches in his first bullpen session in a month since going on the disabled list with a partial tear in his right elbow.

Tanaka, 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, pitched from the mound before Saturday's game against Tampa Bay. This is the Japanese right-hander's first season in the major leagues.

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka looked "fine," but that it's "more important how he feels tomorrow."

The Yankees put Tanaka on the disabled list July 9 and hope he can avoid surgery and return next month.

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