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Masahiro Tanaka “is still reporting discomfort in his elbow”

Jul 24, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT

Masahiro Tanaka AP AP

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is supposed to rest for six weeks before doctors determine if he needs Tommy John elbow surgery, but 10 days into the process things aren’t going well.

Bryan Hoch of writes that Tanaka “is still reporting discomfort in his right elbow” following a platelet-rich plasma injection and general manager Brian Cashman described the situation as “not good that he’s still feeling it at this stage.”

Rarely does the rest-and-rehab route work in the case of a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and right now surgery sure seems likely eventually for Tanaka, who went 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA and 135/19 K/BB ratio through his first 18 starts after leaving Japan for a $155 million deal with the Yankees.

What a shame.

  1. jfk69 - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Four more weeks and the surgery question will be mute. Hate to say it but see you in two years.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Per the comment at the time he and the team went the platelets route, he ought to go ahead and have the surgery now. Maybe he’d get back in time for the tail end of next year.

    • baberuthslegs - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM


  2. djdvd - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Really unfortunate to see. Hopefully after the inevitable surgery he comes back as good as he was.

  3. jasjbb - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Cue the violins…

  4. asimonetti88 - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    It would be a shame if he were out for a year. He’s fun to watch.

  5. hojo20 - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    If this was a pre-existing injury, Cashman sure got Pearl Harbored.

    • The Modernish Father - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Is that you, Bill Parcells?

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Pearl Harbored huh… cliche…

  6. unclemosesgreen - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    So many pitchers have partial UCL tears, and many remain successful. It’s a matter of degrees. Waino was successful for 4-5 years with a partial UCL tear, for one example.

    PRP injection therapy is a promising development and a worthwhile endeavor for many partial tears. It doesn’t take a whole lot of knowledge or common sense to opine after the fact whether or not it was worth it to try. It implies a knowledge of Tanaka’s medical information that no commenter possesses.

    Tanaka-San is fun to watch & he’s good for baseball. I wish him a speedy and full recovery.

  7. chiadam - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    He doubled his slider ratio once he came to the Yankees, and presto. Tommy John.

  8. gothapotamus90210 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Platelet rich plasma injections are the current day equivalent of those iron bracelets from the 90s. Both don’t do sh-t.

    • weaselpuppy - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:18 AM

      Tommie Copper clothing says Hellloooooo to 90s iron bands and PRP

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM

        Wow, how “scientific” of you, t.

        That kind of enlightened commentary would put you in the top echelon of barstoolsports commenters. Here, it makes you bottom 10%. How do you remember to breathe and feed yourself?

  9. don444 - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:34 AM

    Really enjoyed watching this guy prove he could perform at a high level in U.S., but this sickening situation is obviously headed toward Tommy John and his likely disappearance from the 2015 campaign.

  10. pete2112 - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    I’m not sure you can pin this on the Yankees or anyone else for that matter. It’s done and if he needs surgery it will get done. All the Yankees fans can do is hope he’s able to get back to where he was. It’s unfortunate he’s going to miss so much time if surgery is ultimately the end result, but thankfully he’s still young enough that he should still be able to have a number of good seasons ahead of him.

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