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Friday, July 11, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: Masahiro Tanaka has partially torn UCL, will try rehab

By on 7/11/2014 03:30:00 AM

The news wasn't quite as bad as it could have been for Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees. It wasn't far off, either. As reported by Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, after being placed on the DL and undergoing an MRI on Wednesday, the Yankees' ace has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which he will try to rehab before considering Tommy John surgery.

Feinsand quoted Yankees general manager Joe Girardi, who told reporters on a conference call that all three physicians who had examined Tanaka had made the same recommendation:

“All three doctors agree on the diagnosis and the rehab protocol,” Cashman said during a conference call with reporters Thursday night. “We are going to follow their recommendation, and none of them recommend surgery at this time. They’re all hopeful that in roughly maybe a six-week period that we will have a pitcher back if he responds positively.”
That six-week timeframe would see Tanaka return at the end of August, although the Yankees will understandably be cautious with the man they gave a 7-year, $155 million deal this offseason. Feinsand notes Cashman added that the tear was small and if the recommendation had been for Tommy John, Tanaka would have undergone surgery.

The Yankees are still in the hunt in the AL East, four games back of the Baltimore Orioles, but they are going to need to find some help for their rotation. They have already swapped Vidal Nuno for Brandon McCarthy and have relative unknown Shane Greene scheduled for his second big league start over the weekend. McCarthy had taken Chase Whitley's spot in the rotation but Whitley could be back in for the near future unless the Yankees make another move.

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