Well, if you were hoping Masahiro Tanaka could return within the next two weeks, you’re going to be disappointed.
Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a partial UCL tear, but three doctors (including Dr. Chris Ahmad) recommended that Tanaka avoid surgery. Tanaka is going to try a six-week program and hope that the small tear will repair itself. If Tanaka’s rehab is successful, he could return in mid-August. If not–then he might opt for Tommy John Surgery.
But don’t be fooled: Just because the Yankees are going to be without Tanaka for at least six weeks, it doesn’t mean the Yankees are selling. Brian Cashman said the Yankees are going to be very much aggressive during the trade deadline to improve their team.