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New York Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka Could Avoid Tommy John Surgery with Treatment, According to Orthopedic Surgeon

July 12th, 2014 at 1:02 PM
By Douglas Rush

With a small tear in his UCL in his right elbow, many people around baseball are expecting New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka to need Tommy John Surgery, which would end his 2014 season and take him out for part of 2015 as well.

Tanaka, who was 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts and the potential favorite to not only start in Tuesday's All Star Game, but one of the favorites for the American League Cy Young award. Now with him out for at least six weeks and possibly longer, the Yankees season could be looking rather gloomy if Tanaka gets shelved and needs the surgery that has taken down so many others this season.

But there might be some hope, as one orthopedic surgeon and current ESPN medical analyst Mark Adickes said that while it's possible that Tanaka could need the surgery, there's a good chance that surgery could be avoided altogether with the PRP injection and rehab time that the team has planned out.

"Othopedic surgeon and ESPN medical expert Mark Adickes tells that while Tanaka could be headed for Tommy John surgery — a procedure that usually sidelines a pitcher at least nine months — the conservative approach Tanaka and the Yankees are taking has a chance at success. "There have been some pretty good results," Adickes said."
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN reported that Tanaka saw three doctors while in Seattle; one of which was Yankees team doctor, Dr. Christopher Ahmad, Tanaka was also evaluated by world-renown orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews who also concurred that the 25-year-old does not need Tommy John Surgery at this time.
So for now, it's rest, rehab and treatment for Tanaka with the possibility of pitching again in 2014, but for the next six weeks, the Yankees will need to figure out how to get by without the services of their ace. If in six weeks, Tanaka is good to go and can pitch again, will the Yankees still be in the playoff race though? And if they aren't, is risking another injury to Tanaka even worth taking?


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