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Masahiro Tanaka Newsbeat

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Masahiro Tanaka shut down with ‘general arm soreness’

General Arm Soreness isn’t undefeated like General Winter, but…

After being diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in July, New York Yankees rookie Masahiro Tanaka has been rehabbing diligently in hopes that he’ll not only avoid Tommy John surgery, but return and contribute to New York’s rotation’s again during the 2014 season.

Until Friday, anyway, the news had been surprisingly encouraging. Tanaka had passed several important tests, including most recently throwing a 49-pitch simulated game on Thursday, which seemingly put him on track for a September return.

However, the news on Friday was a little less encouraging for the Yankees new ace.

Tanaka is experiencing general arm soreness. He will return to NY to do some strengthening exercises. No appointments scheduled with doctors
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) August 29, 2014

... It’s probably good news that there’s not enough concern to schedule another doctor’s visit right away. That said, it’s a little surprising the Yankees wouldn’t have the elbow closely examined again… While this season isn’t lost yet, Tanaka at anything less than one-hundred percent wouldn’t provide the difference maker they need anyway. There’s no sense continuing to push beyond this point unless there’s reason to believe real progress has been made, and any time that’s wasted now could cost them time (and money) down the line.

The District Attorney Posted: August 30, 2014 at 03:07 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, masahiro tanaka, yankees

Monday, August 04, 2014

Tanaka plays catch, feels good after throwing for first time since injury

Tanaka was sweaty and smiling after 50-pitch game of catch. Told me he felt good and no pain. First of many steps.

— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) August 4, 2014

Manager Joe Girardi will meet with the media at approximately 4 p.m. ET, at which point he will surely discuss Tanaka’s throwing session and the next step in his rehab process.

Tanaka, 25, suffered the ligament tear the week before the All-Star break. He was examined by three doctors and all three agreed the tear was small enough that he should rehab the injury rather than undergo Tommy John surgery.

Tanaka can’t be back until September at the earliest, so the Yankees’ postseason fate may be decided before he plays in another game, but if the rehab is really working and he’s able to avoid the knife, this is great news for their 2015 team - and more importantly, great news for baseball fans who get to see a heck of a pitcher.


 

 

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