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Masahiro Tanaka apologizes

Updated: July 11, 2014, 6:14 PM ET
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Masahiro Tanaka apologized Friday to the New York Yankees, his teammates and the team's fans for being sidelined by a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.

General manager Brian Cashman said in a conference call Thursday that Tanaka could return in six weeks but didn't rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery if the right-hander doesn't respond to a rehab program.

On Friday, the Yankees' ace released a statement on his injury, saying he "will be going through ...

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