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Masahiro Tanaka to return early next month?

by on Jul.25, 2010 @ 7:08 pm, under NPB

There were some rumors that Masahiro Tanaka (right hamstring) might be able to return to the active roster in time for a start on 7/30 (vs Orix at Kleenex Stadium), but Tanaka put those rumors to rest yesterday when he told reporters that while he has been making good progress in his rehab training, he didn't think it would be possible for him to make an Ichi-gun start on the 30th.

Tanaka will likely begin throwing in the bullpen again some time over the next couple of days.  After that, he'll add infield drills off the mound to his workouts.  All that could put Tanaka's next Ichi-gun start on or after 8/3 (the start of a 3-game series against Orix at Kleenex Stadium).