Masahiro Tanaka Hospitalized After Being Hit by Line Drive

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Masahiro Tanaka, one of many Yankees’ key pitchers, was hit on the top on Saturday with a ball off the bat of his teammate, the slugger Giancarlo Stanton — a daunting incident that halted the workforce’s first official summer season exercise.

Tanaka, who returned to his native Japan quickly after the season had been suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, was dealing with a pair of Yankees energy hitters, Aaron Judge and Stanton, at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon as he threw dwell batting follow in entrance of coaches for the primary time in months.

But Tanaka had little time to react when Stanton, who hits the ball as laborious as anybody in baseball, drilled a line drive towards the mound. The ball struck the right-handed Tanaka on the precise aspect of the top, knocking him to the bottom, the place he lay for not less than 5 minutes whereas cradling his head.

After the ball hit Tanaka, Stanton instantly crouched down and put his hand on his helmet, seemingly upset that he had hit harm his teammate. With the Miami Marlins in 2014, Stanton sustained facial fractures and wanted a number of dental procedures when he was hit within the left cheek by a pitch from Mike Fiers, then with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Tanaka ultimately sat up and walked off the sphere with two athletic trainers by his aspect. About an hour later, the Yankees introduced that Tanaka was “currently alert, responsive and walking under his own power.” They additionally mentioned he was headed to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for additional analysis.

“It sucks to see something like that, especially during something as simple as a sim game,” outfielder Aaron Hicks mentioned in a video information convention with reporters.

Tanaka, 31, is in his remaining season of a seven-year, $155 million contract he signed with the Yankees earlier than the 2014 season, wherein he was chosen as an All-Star. He was additionally an All-Star in 2019, a season wherein he posted a 4.45 earned run common over 182 innings.

Tanaka had been pitching and not using a so-called L display screen, a protecting barrier typically used throughout follow periods. But after seeing Tanaka get harm, pitcher Jordan Montgomery mentioned he was so shaken up that he requested one, which he had not initially deliberate on utilizing.

“It’s horrible,” Montgomery mentioned, including later: “I hope he’s OK. I’m thinking and praying for him right now.”

Last yr, the Yankees set a significant league report with 30 gamers spending time on the injured checklist.