Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka isn't thinking about the opt-out clause he can exercise after this season, according to the Associated Press.
"It's something that I put aside going into the season," Tanaka said Wednesday through a translator. "Can't be really thinking about that while you go through the season, really focus on this season and when the time comes after the season, then I'll probably have a chance to think about that more."
Tanaka, who threw a bullpen session on Wednesday, is ahead of where he was at this point last year, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.
Tanaka, 28, went 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 31 starts last season, his third in the majors. He struck out 165 batters in 199 2/3 innings, both career highs, however he dealt with a partially torn UCL in his right arm last season and a minor right forearm strain.
He arrived at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Florida, on Monday.