Masahiro Tanaka will meet Yanks’ team doc in Seattle

Masahiro TanakaMasahiro Tanaka could be racking up a few unexpected frequent flyer miles.

The Yankees shipped the right-hander from Cleveland back to New York for an MRI on his sore right elbow on Wednesday, and they would like to have team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad examine Tanaka in person as soon as possible.

The only problem is that Ahmad and most of the nation’s top orthopedic surgeons have gathered in Seattle for a major convention that begins on Thursday. If you recall, that’s why CC Sabathia couldn’t line up a visit with Dr. James Andrews until July 14.

Not wanting to wait that long, Tanaka has decided to fly to Seattle to expedite the process. He could be on a plane as soon as today. One benefit of the conference: if the Yankees want to seek a second (or third) opinion after Ahmad’s diagnosis, they should be able to do so quite easily.

“You just hope and pray that we get good news, that it’s something minor,” outfielder Brett Gardner said. “You worry about anybody, but he’s pretty special, what he’s been able to do the first half of the season.”


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