Since Masahiro Tanaka has rehabbed the elbow instead of having Tommy John surgery, there are concerns about the elbow. How would it limit him? Will it blow out? The first two starts of the year did little to alleviate those concerns, but Tanaka looked ace-like Saturday night in the Yanks’ 9-0 win over Tampa Bay.
This was the Tanaka we saw last year before he injured his elbow with the partially torn UCL. Dominant.
Tanaka (2-1, 3.94) went 7, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 8 K. Despite the final score, for much of the game, he had to be dominant.
Brian McCann (3 for 4) broke open a scoreless duel with a 2-run triple in the sixth, and the Yanks broke open the game with a 7-run seventh, capped by Chris Young’s grand slam, his third HR of the season.
David Carpenter pitched the eighth, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Brandon Pinder closed it out. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Matt Tracy, DFA’d by the Yanks after his MLB debut, was claimed off waivers by the Marlins.