Tanaka unsure if he'll pitch again this year

July, 18, 2014
7/18/14
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NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka feels better, but he has no idea if he will pitch again this year.

"At this point, I'm just going with what the doctors are telling me," Tanaka said. "Their decision was not to go with surgery so that's pretty much it."

On Monday, Tanaka had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his pitching elbow. He is now resting until the elbow does not hurt at all.

"When he is symptom-free, he will start a throwing program," general manager Brian Cashman said.

Tanaka said once he starts to throw, it will be realistic to map out a return. The initial diagnosis called for six weeks of healing time. That was a little more than a week ago.

After the diagnosis, Tanaka sent out a statement in which he apologized to the Yankees and their fans.

"I just thought that not being able to play and not being able to contribute for what the team is looking forward to -- the playoffs and all that -- I just felt bad I wasn't able to help out the team," Tanaka said

Tanaka, 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA this season, said the elbow is gradually getting better.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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