The Masahiro Tanaka story continues to unfold, with uncertainty and caution the prevailing themes.
By now you’ve probably heard that Chris Capuano – a 36-year-old left-hander and the Yankees’ projected fifth starter – left his exhibition start in the first inning Wednesday with a right quadriceps strain.
The labrum is a firm fibrocartilaginous structure that is attached to the inner socket of the shoulder and hip joints.
It does seem likely that Tanaka — a fastball pitcher who’s had a UCL injury at such a young age — is destined for Tommy John surgery. The real question is, if not now, when?
The diagnosis, a ruptured patellar tendon, more than ends Cruz’s season. It puts his career in jeopardy.
Even if he successfully completes one or two 75-pitch starts without complaint, there is no assurance that Tanaka will be able to avoid surgery.
As I’ve written before, even with rest, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection and rehab, a torn ligament does not regain full tensile strength in a matter of weeks.
David Wright and the Mets got some very good news on Monday. The right-handed third baseman’s MRI was negative for structural damage in his left shoulder and revealed only bruising of the rotator cuff.
Unless he’d like to face a revision surgery down the road — perhaps sooner than later — Matt Harvey would be wise to take direction from his medical team without a fight.
Andrews details the risk factors that predispose adolescent pitchers to UCL wear and tear. The primary concern is simply doing too much too soon.
Carlos Beltran has acknowledged that if he is unable to play through the pain in his right elbow, surgery is an option. The likelihood is that if he does give it a go, it won’t be for long.
I would expect Sabathia to be out of action for longer than the 15 days dictated by his being on the DL. If he comes back right when he’s eligible, he’ll certainly not yet be at 100 percent and his velocity will likely be an issue.
CC Sabathia, now on the DL due to an accumulation of fluid in his right knee, is reportedly likely to undergo another MRI after having the knee drained on Monday.
The good news is it is a Grade 1, which means there is no significant disruption of the involved tissue.
Two recent MLB injuries due to headfirst slides should once again cause players to reevaluate the practice. The significant risks certainly outweigh the questionable rewards.