The next milestone in Masahiro Tanaka‘s comeback schedule was reached last night, as Tanaka took the mound for Triple-A Scranton/Wilke-Barre in his first MiL rehab start. He pitched 3 shutout innings for the RailRiders, giving up 2 hits, striking out 2, and walking none. With a pitch count of 45, Tanaka only threw 41 to get through his 3 innings and did so without any physical issues or discomfort in his right arm.
After the game, Tanaka summed up his night with this statement:
“I was able to use all my pitches. I felt pretty good. Not necessarily different than how I usually go into a game. I was looking to obviously pitch all my pitches with force, and I was able to do that tonight.”
Along with no arm problems, that’s about the best you can hope for in a first start back. He threw all his pitches without issue and threw them with force and command. …