Yankees GM: ‘Not good’ Tanaka is still feeling elbow injury ‘at this stage’
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted Thursday that injured ace Masahiro Tanaka, who was diagnosed earlier this month with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, continues to feel discomfort in his right elbow.
“He’s improved, but he still feels it,” Cashman told ESPN Radio, via MLB.com. “On a daily basis, it decreases, so that’s good. But it’s not good that he’s still feeling it at this stage. We just go day by day and week by week, and we’ll adjust accordingly. Right now, it’s too early to call.”
Tanaka was placed on the disabled list July 9 and prescribed three weeks of rest, but the 25-year-old rookie has yet to see substantial improvement in his wonky elbow. Tanaka mentioned last week his doctors assured him that he does “not need surgery at this point.”
“We’ve got to wait three weeks to see where he’s at,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Then we’ll probably start to have him play catch and see if he’s going to be a pitcher for us. You’ve got to let things heal. Things don’t heal overnight.”
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New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka spoke about his UCL tear Friday via an interpreter.
“The doctors that looked at me made the assessment that I do not need surgery at this point and that I should be able to get it healed and rehabbed and be able to get up on the mound,” Tanaka said via the New York Post. “All I can do is believe them and go with the treatment and the rehab program that the team is having for us.”
Tanaka also revealed he’s never felt a similar pain in his pitching elbow and that he was surprised the injury was severe.
“I’ll start throwing when it’s pain-free, so basically I have to wait for that day to come,” Tanaka added. “It’s kind of difficult to say how much it hurts because there’s no scale or something I can sort of compare to, but the irritation or the pain came during that day in Cleveland where I was pitching, it was something that gradually kind of built up.”
Tanaka suffered the injury on July 8 against the Indians and was initially given a six-week timeline for recovery.
The 25-year-old hurler was 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts prior to suffering the injury.