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 NJ.com 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."
tanaka was examined by 3 doctors. plus a 4th, the noted dr. james andrews was consulted. andrews concurred: no surgery yet— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 12, 2014