Pedro Martinez thinks Masahiro Tanaka is "holding back." In fact, the soon-to-be inducted Hall of Famer doesn't even believe the Yankees ace is healthy.
According an article on nj.com, Martinez made these comments on Sirius XM's Mad Dog Radio Channel yesterday.
This belief comes from what he has seen. "Tanaka is hanging all those breaking balls that he is throwing," he said. "The only pitch he is committing to is the split finger and his problems are actually in a place where you don't need to put any more stress, which is the elbow. And he's hesitant. He's hesitating to throw his fastball and he's hanging every breaking ball he's throwing out there. Plus his velocity is not there yet."
Martinez goes on to say, "Unless they come up with a magic trick to actually get him better during the season, I just don't see him completely healthy all year."
Sour grapes from a former Yankees rival (who played both for the Red Sox and the Mets)? Or does Martinez make a valid point? That remains to be seen.
Update, 4/3/15: Tanaka insists that he is healthy. Read his comments here.