Yankees’ Tanaka Has Partial Ligament Tear, Will Try Elbow Rehab

New York Yankees rookie pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow and will be sidelined for at least six weeks, General Manager Brian Cashman told reporters tonight.

Three doctors recommended that Tanaka, who is 12-4 for the Yankees this season after coming to Major League Baseball from Japan, try to rehabilitate the elbow, Cashman said in a conference call.

If the rehab is not successful, Tanaka probably would need Tommy John surgery amd miss 12 to 18 months.

Tanaka, 25, was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with inflammation in his pitching elbow, a day after allowing five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings at Cleveland in the worst start of his MLB debut season.

Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees in January that’s the fifth richest for a pitcher in major league history.

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