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Masahiro Tanaka's first throwing session goes without a hitch

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws while working out

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws while working out at the Yankees' minor league complex Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. Credit: AP / Chris O'Meara

TAMPA, Fla. - At least from Ivan Nova's perspective, Masahiro Tanaka couldn't have looked much better.

Tanaka, who missed 21/2 months last season while rehabbing a slightly torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, arrived for spring training late Monday night and threw for about 35 minutes Tuesday morning at the Yankees' minor-league complex.

"Looked good," said Nova, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and watched much of Tanaka's throwing session. "[Looked like] the same guy."

Tanaka, who suffered the UCL tear last July but was able to avoid surgery and actually started two games at the end of the 2014 season, arrived at the complex at 9:45 and worked out indoors for about an hour. At 10:49 he began playing catch, starting at 40 feet and eventually working his way up to 90, 120, 150 and 200 feet.

The 26-year-old Tanaka ended his throwing session by making 16 pitches on flat ground at 60 feet.

"So far everything's good," pitching coach Larry Rothschild said of Tanaka's elbow on Monday, the day before he threw.

Tanaka, 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA last year after signing a seven-year deal worth $155 million, did not speak with reporters Tuesday. He said he would talk Friday, the official report day for Yankees pitchers.

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