Tanaka flies to Seattle to see Dr. Ahmad

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Dr. Chris Ahmad is at a conference in Seattle this week, so that means Masahiro Tanaka will have to take a plane from New York to Seattle in order for Dr. Ahmad to see the MRI results. Joe Girardi has the results, but he’s not going to disclose his findings until the team doctor has taken a look at the Yankees ace.

“Obviously I’ve been told what maybe the initial readings were,” Girardi said. “But I’m not going to share that now until I have everything because I think you have to see what the doctor says.”

It’s almost certain Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t need Tommy John Surgery since he would have seen a decrease in velocity and felt a sudden ‘pop’ in his elbow. The situation seems different than when Ivan Nova found out he needed Tommy John Surgery, but still–an MRI on the elbow is troubling even if it’s just inflammation.

“Obviously you’re curious to see what the diagnosis is and what they feel the time is necessary to get him back on a mound,” Girardi said. “Until then, we just kind of wait to see what Dr. Ahmad says.”

Some Notes

— The Yankees haven’t announced a starter for Sunday but Girardi said it was possible that Chase Whitley could take the mound, considering he only threw two innings last night.

— Girardi added he doesn’t have a plan for the rotation after the All-Star Break but it all depends on what happens this weekend.

“I think it all depends on what happens the next few days,” Girardi said. “Larry and I talked about it, we brought it up today, and he said let’s just get through the next few days to determine what we’re going to do.”

— This isn’t Yankees news (it’s been very light compared to yesterday) but there were multiple injuries that involve some of the leagues best players. Yadier Molina and Brandon Phillips need surgery after tearing a ligament in their thumbs and Adam Lind will be out for the next 6-8 weeks with a foot fracture. The Blue Jays already are missing Edwin Encarnacion due to a hamstring pull, which most likely has contributed to their recent struggles.

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One Response to Tanaka flies to Seattle to see Dr. Ahmad

  1. tom says:

    He will be out for 6 weeks. Maybe more Sweet Jesus!

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