Last year, Matt Harvey lit the entire world and especially the New York Mets world last season when he emerged onto the scene and became the ace pitcher the entire organization was expecting, and even started the 2013 All Star Game for the National League.
Sound a bit farmiliar? If yes, it should, as that was nearly the same exact pattern for Masahiro Tanaka with the New York Yankees this year, as he was the one setting the baseball world on fire and breathing life into the Yankees, but then, an injury.
After his last start against the Cleveland Indians, it was found out that Tanaka has a small tear in his UCL in his right elbow. Many think that Tommy John Surgery could be inevitable for Tanaka, as the Yankees have chosen to rehab the injury for six weeks, a rehab that includes a PRP injection and rest, and then go from there.
Following the news of Tanaka's injury, the Mets ace, who also had a tear in his UCL last season and ended up needing Tommy John Surgery himself which not only cost him the remainder of last year, but most, if not all of the 2014 season as well, had advice for the Yankees ace on Thursday night on how to deal with it.
"Go with what you feel," Harvey said.
Losing Tanaka for the rest of the 2014 season would certainly put a huge damper on th Yankees season, as well as their playoff hopes, as they currently are four games back in the A.L. East division.
However, the Yankees do have to think long-term with Tanaka as he is in the first year of a seven-year, $155 million deal and if there are any setbacks with the injury, having the surgery now as opposed to later could just be the best course of action.
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