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Masahiro Tanaka Set To Return Wednesday

22 February 2015: New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) during a Spring Training workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is set to return to the mound on Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners. He has been on the disabled list for about six weeks with wrist and forearm injuries.

Tanaka has made four starts this season, going 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA, a WHIP of 0.94 and 24 strikeouts. His last start was April 23 against the Detroit Tigers.

“Obviously, I’m feeling good right now, feeling healthy. I don’t have much expectations. I just want to go out there and pitch the best way I can so that I can give a chance for the team to win that particular game,” Tanaka told ESPN through an interpreter.

Tanaka arrived in Oakland, where the Yankees are playing the A’s, on Thursday.

“We just wanted to make sure he felt good, that he felt he was ready to go and he felt good about it,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters.

If everything goes according to plan, Tanaka will face the Mariners for the second time in his career. The last time he faced them, he threw a complete game and allowed two runs in a 4-2 victory.

Tanaka made a pair of rehab starts for Triple-A Scranton, with his latest happening last Wednesday. He allowed three runs on four hits in three innings in that start.

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