New York Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka Expects To Return Saturday
Adam Hunger-USATSI

After suffering a slight strain in his flexor mass, New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka expects to return Saturday. 

On Wednesday, New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was shut down after suffering a slight strain in his flexor mass in New York’s 11-5 win over Tampa Bay.

After having a catch on Tuesday, the 27-year old announced that he expects to return on Saturday when the Yankees play host to the Baltimore Orioles.

Tanaka, who pitches with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow,  has maintained a 2.28 ERA across nine starts since Aug. 2 and is 7-0 in the process.

Additionally, he is currently leading all American League pitchers in earned run average (3.07) as is making a serious case to win the CY Young award in his third year pitching in the United States.

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