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Yanks' Tanaka right on schedule

TAMPA — Masahiro Tanaka is making progress after arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow in October.

The Yankees right-hander threw 31 pitches Monday during his third mound session.

New York hopes he will be ready for his first regular-season turn in the rotation. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka is "where we want him to be" and "so far there have been no hitches or anything."

"Right now I just don't think it's the right time or appropriate time to answer that," Tanaka said through a translator. "I just want to go ahead to take it day to day, and see where that takes me."

Tanaka, 27, said his elbow "is clearly better" than before surgery.

"Actually, my body is feeling really good right now," he said. "I think I'm on schedule."

Tanaka was 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts last season. He was on the disabled list with right wrist tendinitis and a forearm strain and missed a September start because of a strained right hamstring.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE POLICY: Commissioner Rob Manfred said progress has been made toward decisions on two of the first three cases under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, and he expects an announcement in the next couple of days. Manfred would not specify which cases he was going to rule on. MLB has been investigating Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.

WEIGHTY CONCERN: Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said he is not concerned about Pablo Sandoval's weight. The third baseman was widely ridiculed when photos were published of his gut protruding from his uniform. "He's always been a big guy," Dombrowski said. "He has one of those bodies that is not a svelte body, and I've been around other people in that regards. Our people here, once he reported the first day, he did drills, they said he moved around great, better than he did last year at the end of the season."

JURISPRUDENCE: Florida-based sports agent Bart Hernandez pleaded not guilty in Miami to charges of involvement in a conspiracy to illegally smuggle Cuban baseball players into the U.S.

BLUE JAYS: Rightfielder Jose Bautista said he has let the team know what it would take to keep him, and he's still waiting for an answer. The slugger, 35, is entering the final year of his contract.

INDIANS: Outfielder Michael Brantley hit off a tee this weekend, a big step in his recovery from right from shoulder surgery in November.

METS: Right-hander Jacob deGrom was held out of drills and a bullpen session because of a sore left groin.

RANGERS: Outfielder Josh Hamilton was in Alabama getting a second opinion on his sore left knee.

WHITE SOX: Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, 37, agreed to a minor-league contract. The former NL MVP would get a $2 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster.

Yanks' Tanaka right on schedule 02/22/16 [Last modified: Monday, February 22, 2016 8:48pm]
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