The Yankees hope Tanaka (shin) will be ready to take the hill for his next scheduled start Thursday in Baltimore, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports. Tanaka was stellar in his start Saturday against the Rays, striking out six in six scoreless frames before his day ended early when he was struck in his right leg by a groundball. Fortunately for Tanaka, he was cleared of any structural damage and escaped the outing with a contusion. The Yankees believe extra treatment over the next few days will be all Tanaka needs to recover, but he'll probably need to complete a between-starts bullpen session without incident before formally gaining clearance for Thursday.
Tanaka was pulled from Saturday's game against the Rays with a right shin contusion, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports. Tanaka threw six scoreless innings but was pulled after throwing just 88 pitches after taking a groundball off his leg. X-rays were negative, and he suffered nothing worse than a bruise. It's not yet clear if the injury is serious enough to delay his next start.
Tanaka left Saturday's game against the Rays after throwing six shutout innings, allowing three hits while striking out six. His exit came after he threw just 88 pitches and after taking a groundball off his right foot or ankle, so it may have been injury-related, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports. Six innings is certainly a healthy outing, but Tanaka's relatively low pitch count suggests he could have kept going if not for the comebacker. More details about a possible injury should emerge after the game.
Tanaka didn't factor into the decision against the Mariners on Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on five hits over 6.1 innings, striking out four and walking two as the Yankees won 5-4. Tanaka struggled in this previous two starts coming into this contest, but he was able to right the ship with a sharp effort against Seattle, although he ultimately settled for a no-decision. The right-hander carries a 3.64 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into his next start, which will come on the road Sunday against the Rays.
Tanaka (2-3) took the loss against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on five hits over four innings, striking out six and walking one as the Yankees fell 3-2. It was the second straight defeat for the right-hander, who was charged with all three of the Diamondbacks' runs before exiting after four innings and 74 pitches. The outing gives him a 3.92 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 39 innings ahead of his next start, which will see him take on the Mariners at home Tuesday.