Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka to pitch in rehab session Saturday

Masahiro Tanaka will throw 25 pitches Saturday in first bullpen session since going on DL

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to throw 25 pitches Saturday in his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list with a partial tear in his right elbow.

Manager Joe Girardi announced the session before Friday night's game at Tampa Bay.

Tanaka is 12-4 with a 2.51 earned-run average in 18 starts. This is the Japanese right-hander's first season in the major leagues.

The Yankees put Tanaka on the disabled list on July 9 and hope he can return next month.


The Cleveland Indians activated center fielder Michael Bourn from the disabled list Friday, giving them their quick leadoff hitter and a player capable of making things happen on the basepaths and in the outfield. Bourn did not play Friday. Manager Terry Francona said the 31-year-old will probably play the next two days as long as he doesn't have any problems.

Meanwhile, first baseman Nick Swisher will have his sore right knee examined Tuesday in Los Angeles, and it's possible he'll need season-ending surgery.


The Toronto Blue Jays activated slugger Edwin Encarnacion from the 15-day disabled list and sent outfielder Anthony Gose to the minors. Encarnacion went 0 for 4 at DH in Friday night's game at the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman and designated hitter missed more than a month because of a strained right quadriceps muscle.


The Texas Rangers purchased right-hander Jon Edwards' contract from triple-A Round Rock and sent Robbie Ross back to the minors.

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