Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka out 6 weeks due to elbow injury

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – After going through a number of examinations, Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, will be out for at least six weeks due to a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his pitching elbow.

The examinations were done by three orthopedic surgeons from three different teams.

This includes Dr. Chris Ahmad from the Yankees, Dr. David Altchek from the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers’ physician, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

All of them had the same diagnosis for Tanaka.

They also stated that Tanaka does not need to undergo Tommy John surgery.

The doctors recommended a platelet-rich plasma injection together with enough rest, an excercise routine, and a throwing program as part of the treatment.

If Tanaka responds positively, the team will have him back in the mound after six weeks.

But if the program draws unsuccessful results, a Tommy John surgery is an option according to the team’s general manager, Brian Cashman.

If this takes place, Tanaka will miss the rest of the year and possibly the 2015 season.

Tanaka complained about his elbow in a 5-3 loss against the Cleveland Indians.

In his first 14 starts he had an 11-1 record and an ERA of 1.19. But in his previous four starts, his number dipped down to 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA.

According to ESPN, an MRI taken in New York revealed Tanaka’s partially torn UCL.

Cashman stated that Tanaka will have the PRP injection in New York and will be followed by rehab.

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