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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: injuries, masahiro tanaka, yankees

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   1. Captain Supporter Posted: August 30, 2014 at 08:02 PM (#4782535)
I love it when writers without any medical knowledge in general and any knowledge about the specifics of an injury opine about the treatment protocol for an injury. In the article, Mark Townsend goes one step further and decides that an MRI would have been appropriate.

   2. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: August 30, 2014 at 08:05 PM (#4782536)
Well, spending $1000 on an MRI is probably a good idea when you are talking about a $120 million investment. I think most rational folks would spend that money instead of just, "hoping for the best"...

If he needs TJS, better now than two months from now.

[edit] And I'm going on record as him needing TJS in the next 24 months.
   3. Captain Supporter Posted: August 30, 2014 at 08:39 PM (#4782543)
Apparently, the Yankee team physicians and Masahiro Tanaka's agent and advisors are not rational folks. Or maybe, just possibly, they have information we (and Mark Townsend) does not have.
   4. Win Big Stein's Money Posted: August 30, 2014 at 09:03 PM (#4782549)
They're so rational, that they're 4 best starters on the extended DL!

Why if they get anymoar rational they'll have to euthanize Jeter!
   5. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: August 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM (#4782610)
I'm sorry, doesn't a test make sense after extended rehab and continued soreness?

Captain Supporter?
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: August 30, 2014 at 11:42 PM (#4782629)

Cynics might think this Tanaka chatter has been to keep the swells showing up at games or even buying new tickets, for as long as possible.

   7. DFA Posted: August 31, 2014 at 01:10 AM (#4782650)
What a deal for Tanaka, gets to have the TJ surgery *and* opt out after 4 years. Smart man.
   8. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 31, 2014 at 07:43 AM (#4782670)
I'm sorry, doesn't a test make sense after extended rehab and continued soreness?

Captain Supporter?

Stop bothering the man. He has shortstops & front office people to fellate.
   9. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: August 31, 2014 at 08:37 AM (#4782679)
I don't understand why they don't just get Jeter to lay on hands and heal him.

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