Yankees place Masahiro Tanaka on disabled list

Paola Ditto
Agosto 12, 2017

The New York Yankees placed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the team's 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

The Yankees made the move Saturday before hosting the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox.

"I don't think this will be too long", manager Joe Girardi said. Tanaka walked a career-high five batters in just four-plus innings on Wednesday night, an 11-5 Yankees win over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

A day earlier, the playoff-contending Yankees put starter CC Sabathia on the DL because of inflammation in his right knee. After the game, Tanaka told the team he was ailing. "From a strength standpoint he comes out fine", said Girardi before referring to a magnetic resonance imaging test. Tanaka threw 88 pitches in the brief outing.

"I believe that this time off will get me back stronger and get me back on track", Tanaka said, according to Hoch.

The Japanese righthander can opt out of the final three years and $67 million of his $155 million contract this offseason, but he's just 8-10 with a 4.79 ERA in 133.2 innings over 23 starts. The Yankees are fortunate to have starting pitching depth, as NY added acquired Jaime Garcia and Sonny Gray before the trade deadline. Brian Mitchell and Luis Cessa are options to temporarily replace him in the rotation.

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