Masahiro Tanaka returns to Yankees after 2½ months on DL with torn elbow ligament

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws during the second inning of the baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws during the first inning of the baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, delivers during a simulated game Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


NEW YORK — Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has returned to the New York Yankees after 2½ months on the disabled list because of a partially torn elbow ligament.

Tanaka allowed a first-inning run against the Toronto Blue Jays, giving up singles to Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista that put runners at the corners and then allowing Edwin Encarnacion's run-scoring double-play grounder.

Tanaka was to have a limit of 70-75 pitches. The right-hander had not pitched in a big league game since July 9, hoping the ulnar collateral ligament would not need surgery.

New York agreed in January to pay the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Central League $20 million over 18 months for right to Tanaka, then gave the pitcher a $155 million, seven-year contract. He started 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA in his first 14 appearances and is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts.

To clear a roster spot, the Yankees designated pitcher Chaz Roe for assignment.

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