Masahiro Tanaka took another important step towards coming back from his UCL tear today when he threw a 25-pitch bullpen session. It was the first time he stepped back on a mound since his last start. He had spent the last week or so throwing on flat ground.
The 25 pitches were all fastballs and Tanaka said he wasn’t throwing at 100% effort, but he said he felt good after and “I think we’re heading in the right direction.” No word yet on when his next session will be, but the plan is for him to throw some offspeed pitches then. While the timetable for his return is still yet to be determined, both he and the team have said they want him to come back and pitch this season if he can. So far so good on this rest and rehab plan.