Yankees RHP Tanaka throws 35-pitch bullpen session

NEW YORK - (AP) -- Masahiro Tanaka has thrown 35 pitches in his second bullpen session as he tries to return to the New York Yankees this season.

The rookie ace from Japan threw fastballs, breaking balls and five splitters Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. He says he felt a little rusty, but his elbow is fine and now it's just a matter of rebuilding arm strength and getting sharp.

Tanaka went on the disabled list July 9 with a partial ligament tear in his right elbow and had a platelet-rich plasma injection. New York hopes he can avoid Tommy John surgery and return to the rotation next month.

In other news, slumping Carlos Beltran was out of the lineup against Houston because of discomfort in his troublesome right elbow, which has bothered him for much of the season.

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