More bad news for the Yankees’ pitching staff. Prior to Saturday’s game against the New York Mets, the club announced Masahiro Tanaka is heading to the 10-day disabled list with mild strains of the left and right hamstring.
ROSTER MOVES: The @Yankees placed RHP Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day disabled list with mild strains of left and right hamstring and recalled INF Ronald Torreyes from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) June 9, 2018
Tanaka exited Friday’s 4-1 victory over the Mets after running the bases (fans collectively held their breath as thoughts of Chien-Ming Wang crept into their minds) and throwing five innings of one-run ball. Tanaka has bounced back after an inconsistent start this season and currently has a 7-2 record with a 4.58 ERA in 13 starts. The club did not immediately announce who will take Tanaka’s place in the rotation during his absence.
The loss of their No. 2 starter greatly impacts the club in the short-term because of the other injury news coming down this week, which revealed Jordan Montgomery would be lost for the season after it was discovered he needed Tommy John surgery. Teams are already well aware the Yankees need starting pitching, and if Tanaka misses more than just a couple of starts the asking price may go way up for even mediocre talent.
On the bright side, welcome back Toe!