Masahiro Tanaka said he remains optimistic that a six-week rehab program will allow him to avoid Tommy John surgery.
Both Tanaka and the Yankees seem optimistic, but we do not share that same feeling over here. A partial tear to the UCL is extremely tough to pitch through and this six-month rehab plan could just be delaying the inevitable. If you're a Tanaka owner, do yourself a favor and don't hold out hope. Even if he does come back after six weeks, how effective is he going to be and for how long? Re-draft leagues, you can give up on him now. Keeper leagues, you can assume the surgery is coming and drop him or lose the roster spot for six weeks here and wait for the announcement then. Either way, it looks like you'll be dropping him.ANALYST: Howard Bender