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Yankees' Tanaka has small elbow ligament tear
July 11, 2014 / 2:34 AM / 3 years ago

Yankees' Tanaka has small elbow ligament tear

(Reuters) - New York Yankees’ starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow and could be out of the game for about six weeks, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Thursday.

Jul 8, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Tanaka visited three doctors with each confirming a small ligament tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, but the right-hander has opted for non-surgical rehab hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery, which could mean a year out of the game.

The 25-year-old Japanese pitcher, who was named for next week’s All-Star game, leads the American League with 12 wins and has a 2.51 ERA, the fourth best in the AL.

Reporting by Ben Everill in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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