Masahiro Tanaka will be given retired New York Yankees legend, Mariano Rivera's locker in the Yankee clubhouse, the New York Post reports.
On arrival in New York this week, Tanaka said that he was relishing playing with the pressure of being a Yankee:
"I’ve heard this place could be very harsh to you at times. I just wanted to see where I can get to with my ability.”
The Japanese ace will immediately feel the pressure of one of the most prestigious organizations in baseball as he takes over the clubhouse mantle of perhaps the finest pitcher in the last decade.
According to the Post, Tanaka said he wasn't sure he belonged with the locker of such a legend.
Tanaka threw at a bullpen session on Friday which drew quite a crowd. The Japanese star said that he felt good and there is another session to be scheduled for Saturday in Tampa.
The Yankees begin their spring training games on the 25th February.