A quick pause on the Prospect Week festivities to touch on something noteworthy. Per an AP report earlier today, Masahiro Tanaka threw off a mound for the first time since having surgery in October to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow. The bullpen session took place in New York, where Tanaka was presumably getting looked at by team doctors in preparation for his reporting to spring camp next week. From the sounds of it, pitching coach Larry Rothschild was in attendance for the bullpen session, although no quotes were given and there was no report on the specifics of the throwing session that I saw.
Tanaka is the most important part of what could be a very volatile rotation mix again in 2016. When he’s been healthy, he’s proven to be a very good starting pitcher capable of being unhittable when he has everything working. The problem has been his inability to stay healthy and the rash of different arm injuries that have limited his workload in each of his first 2 seasons. … Click here to read the rest