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New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka to Get Update on Injured Elbow on Monday

August 1st, 2014 at 11:59 AM
By Michael Moraitis

UPDATE: Sunday, August 3 at 6:04 p.m. ET

Manager Joe Girardi updated the media on Masahiro Tanaka, who is scheduled to have an exam on Monday to determine how his injured elbow is responding to treatment. If all goes well, Tanaka can start playing catch, per Erik Boland of Newsday:

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Original Text

The New York Yankees will get some news on Masahiro Tanaka's injured elbow on Monday as the Yanks' ace will have an exam done.

It has been three weeks since Tanaka was placed on the disabled list with a slight tear in his UCL. Despite the negative diagnosis, Tanaka avoided Tommy John surgery for now and was given a six-week timetable for return.

But that could change if treatment doesn't help heal Tanaka's elbow, and if he needs the surgery, the Yanks can kiss Tanaka goodbye for the rest of this season and all of next.

The exam on Monday will determine how well Tanaka's elbow is responding to treatment and if he is still feeling pain.

At last check, manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka is feeling "better and better," although general manager Brian Cashman did say there is still some pain.

If everything checks out on Monday, Tanaka will continue to rehab and will be about three weeks or so from returning. If there is any issue at all, Tanaka will undoubtedly be shut down and New York will go from there.

Should Tanaka return in late August as is hoped, the Yanks would get a huge boost to their rotation that no trade could have given them. Tanaka wasn't only the Yanks' best pitcher, but he proved to be one of the best in the major leagues in his first season.

Even if he returns, it may be too late for the Yankees, who are already trailing in the wild card. Until Tanaka returns, the Yanks will have to survive and keep themselves in the race or it may be pointless to bring the Japanese star back this year.

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Tags: Baseball, Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi, Masahiro Tanaka, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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