Medical staff quickly attended to Tanaka who spent at least a minute laying on the ground holding his head. It seemed as though some immediate concussion tests happened on the mound, and no blood was visible. After a few minutes, Masahiro was escorted to the clubhouse by medical staff.
Stanton, who was hit in the face by a pitch in 2014, was visibly shaken.
After the incident, Yankee staff brought out an L-screen in front of the mound before Jordan Montgomery continued live BP. After the workout, Boone said the pitchers had preference about pitching with a screen. It was Tanaka’s preference to pitch without one.
RHP Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head with a line drive during today’s sim game. He is currently alert, responsive and walking under his own power. He is being sent to NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation and testing.