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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.

Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 04, 2014 at 03:10 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: boy, i can't wait to see him on the yankees, cut him open anyway, good news, masahiro tanaka, rehab, tommy john surgery, yankees

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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:02 PM (#4764788)
Nobody cares!
   2. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:58 PM (#4764888)
America cares!
   3. The District Attorney Posted: August 05, 2014 at 03:03 PM (#4764902)
Nobody cares!
We're probably all assuming that he won't actually be back this year, I think.

But yeah, it'd be a heckuva story if he were able to get back to his old form that incredibly quickly. I think most of us have written off the Yankees largely because we thought that impossible. It'd be a very different AL East outlook if that assumption failed to hold.
   4. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 05, 2014 at 03:09 PM (#4764917)
I mean, I still think it's more likely than not that he'll need the surgery, but "no pain" is a really pleasant surprise. Of course, I haven't seen the MRI, so maybe the tear really was tiny.
   5. DKDC Posted: August 05, 2014 at 03:25 PM (#4764936)
At this point, there's no real harm in delaying the surgery until September, as he can get some rehab innings in fall/winter ball next year and spring training 2016.

I guess it gives the Yankees beat writers something to write about in a lost season for the Yankees until he goes under the knife.
   6. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 05, 2014 at 03:29 PM (#4764941)
The surgery should be delayed until a doctor says that they recommend surgery. So far he's seen three doctors and none of them recommend surgery. The idea that a small tear in the UCL cannot heal itself is wrong - it can, and it does. A significant tear or a complete tear cannot heal itself.
   7. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: August 05, 2014 at 04:06 PM (#4765004)
I dunno. I hope Tanaka gets back to where he was before the injury, but trying to deduce meaning from those lobs he was throwing yesterday seems like a fool's errand.
   8. Morph Posted: August 05, 2014 at 05:16 PM (#4765079)
At this point, there's no real harm in delaying the surgery until September, as he can get some rehab innings in fall/winter ball next year and spring training 2016.

I guess it gives the Yankees beat writers something to write about in a lost season for the Yankees until he goes under the knife.


Or maybe they'll write about an unlikely division title. Who knows?

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