In case you missed it, Masahiro Tanaka was not very good on Monday, on the heels of deciding that rest and rehabilitation was the best course of action for his torn UCL. It was kind of a big deal last Summer, and has remained a big deal through today … and will quite probably remain a big deal until he is given a clean bill of health (regardless of whether it stems from surgery). And if you listened closely during Monday’s broadcast, you could hear Tommy John being whispered on the wind.
Repetition and facetiousness aside, I do understand the concern. Tanaka is the team’s best pitcher by a significant margin, and he was arguably the best pitcher in the American League prior to his injury last season. The Yankees grandest dreams rest heavily on his elbow. And for this, I am on the verge of advocating surgery.
Now, I do not suggest surgery lightly. The Yankees doctors are far more qualified to make that decision than anyone that is currently writing about Tanaka, and this can accurately be described as a fool’s errand.…