We reported the other day that Masahiro Tanaka was to throw off a mound in TANAKA, THE MOUND & HOPE. We wrote then that Chad Jennings of USA Today said: "The plan is for Tanaka to throw a 25-pitch bullpen Saturday. It will be, without a doubt, his most significant step yet in this attempt to rehab his way back from a partially torn elbow ligament."After Tanaka threw 25 fastballs, he felt no pain. Good. As I wrote that day, the problem isn't the Yankees pitching, it's the Yankees hitting, so why rush Tanaka back? It makes sense to me.The good news is Tanaka's being handled with care, and the fact that the Yankees appreciate him working toward a goal of returning is a good thing, but the bottom line is, we just gotta take it slow. It's my thought that if the Yankees play hard and make the...

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