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Masahiro Tanaka hit by line drive, exits workout

The first official day of Yankees summer camp didn’t start off on the best foot.

About half an hour into televised live BP, Masahiro Tanaka took a line drive to the head off of Giancarlo Stanton’s bat.

Tanaka, who was throwing BP without a screen, immediately hit the ground after Stanton’s hot shot hit him directly on the right side of his head.

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.

Update 8:25 p.m.


Update 4:45 p.m.