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Thursday, September 22, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: YANKS LIKELY TO SHUT DOWN MASAHIRO TANAKA AFTER ACE COMES DOWN WITH FLEXOR STRAIN

Defying all odds, New York Yankees ace SP Masahiro Tanaka has made it almost all the way through a second straight season with his elbow still relatively intact despite pitching with a partial tear of the UCL in his elbow.  While Tanaka's owners fret that any one pitch could mean Tommy John surgery, the fact of the matter is that he has had a terrific 2016 season in registering a 3.07 ERA and 1.07 WHIP while striking out 165 batters in 199.2 innings.  The K rate has dipped sharply since he was a 2014 rookie before the elbow went bad but that is about the only thing that has been hurt by the tear.  However we got a reminder on Thursday of the ongoing fragility of Tanaka as he has been scratched from his Monday start and is likely to be shut down for the season due to developing a flexor strain emanating from his last outing.  The strain however is located more toward his wrist and not the elbow and that is obviously very good news.  Again the Yankees will likely play it safe with Tanaka since they are pretty much out of playoff contention but let this be a reminder of how risky investing in the Yankees' ace is for 2017 fantasy baseball. 


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