The Yankees entered Thursday some 2 1/2 games back in the hunt for a wild-card spot. Be that as it may, New York's road to the postseason is much tougher than it appears. Why? In part because the Yankees are behind three other teams, including the surging Mariners and Astros.
Oh, and then there's the news that Masahiro Tanaka -- author of one of the best second halves in the sport -- will miss his next start and be shut down for five days due to a small strain in his right flexor mass:
Masahiro Tanaka's next start will be skipped. MRI revealed small strain in right flexor mass, Joe Girardi said.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 22, 2016
Tanaka will not start Monday. MRI revealed slight strain in flexor mass. Girardi stressed its not near elbow. Won't pick up ball for 5 days— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) September 22, 2016
We'll have more on this story as it develops.