New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka had a bone spur removed from his pitching elbow on Tuesday and is expected to be ready to go for spring training in February.
The Yankees said the spur was a pre-existing condition from Tanaka’s career in Japan, before he moved to the major leagues with the Yankees paying the Rakuten Golden Eagles a $20 million posting fee before inking him to a $155 million, seven-year deal prior to the 2014 season.
Surgeon David Altchek said the operation went as expected and recovery should take six weeks.
Tanaka, 26, started 24 games for the Yankees in 2015 and posted a 12-7 record with a 3.51 earned run average in 154 innings.
Late in the season he was sidelined by a hamstring injury.
But he got the ball for the Yankees’ American League wild card playoff game, giving up four hits and two runs in five innings in the 3-0 loss to the Houston Astros that ended the Yankees’ brief playoff bid.