Masahiro Tanaka Placed on 15-day Disabled List

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced today that starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a grade 1 strain of the right forearm and tendinitis of the right wrist.

Luckily for the the Yankees and Tanaka, his elbow appears to be fine. Cashman said that the injury will sideline Tanaka for about a month. He will be shut down for seven to 10 days and will resume baseball activities, if healthy, after that.

The Yankees are saying that his elbow is fine, which is a relief for a team that has had so much concern over Tanaka’s elbow.

This is big news for the first-place Yankees. New York is the winner of eight of its last ten games, and have gained sole possession of first place in the American League East.

Tanaka is 2-1 this season with a 3.22 earned run average. In his last start against one of the best lineups in the league, the Detroit Tigers, Tanaka gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings, getting the no decision.

The injury to Tanaka will test the Yankees starting pitching depth. Chase Whitley, who started tonight, will stay in the rotation with Esmil Rogers and Bryan Mitchell ready to make an impact if need be.

The loss of Tanaka means CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi need to pitch better for the Yankees to continue their solid start to the season.

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