Yesterday, the New York Post broke the news that recently named AL All-Star, and New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was heading back to New York City to have an MRI on his swollen right pitching elbow.
Masahiro Tanaka has been placed on the 15-day DL due to right elbow inflammation. DETAILS: http://t.co/tBbP5Fx2aE
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 10, 2014
No joke, this news made my heartache, and I almost threw up trying to grasp that Tanaka Time was suddenly in jeopardy.
It is no secret that Tanaka had struggled as of late, as in last night’s 5-3 loss to the Tribe, he gave up a season high of five runs and 10 hits.
Tanaka has lost three of his last four starts, where he has been tagged for 14 earned runs, five homers and in the last two games has only fanned eight batters total.
Regardless, Tanaka has been the one bright light for the Yankees in a season full of injuries and failing expectations.
Maybe troubles do come in packages?
To be honest, I am still in complete denial about Tanaka being placed on the 15-day DL because it was not supposed to happen.
And I could go on and on about why/how losing Tanaka puts the 2014 Yankees postseason hopes in serious jeopardy, but you don’t have to be Einstein to figure that one out.
Just to give you an idea of how bad things could get, the Yankees are seven games below .500 this season when Tanaka is not on the bump.
So instead of beating this to death myself without knowing Tanaka’s diagnosis still, I will let others opinions take the stage and share some reactions from twitter.
"The Masahiro Tanaka's Elbow Prayer Circle and Support Group"
— Ryan Freeman (@ASEKMusik) July 10, 2014
Elbow inflammation. That was what they say about Matt Harvey last year too. Hope they're wrong this year. Get well soon Masahiro Tanaka.
— cheethenglee (@cheethenglee) July 10, 2014
I hope Yankee ace Masahiro Tanaka is ok.Going on DL with 12 wins is bad news.When he was here vs Twins you could see his command was off.
— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) July 10, 2014
The Yankees are done…they just lost their best overall player and MVP Masahiro Tanaka. But trash ass Brandon McCarthy is the answer smh.
— DJ Nikez (@Irocknikez) July 10, 2014
NYY OS Yanks can only hope DL trip a small setback for Tanaka: Pitchers like Masahiro Tanaka don't come along … http://t.co/Y0wPqLJvxm
— Peter Williams (@NYNYYankees) July 10, 2014
— D. M. Hoffman (@AuthorDMHoffman) July 10, 2014
Well my fellow New York @Yankees fans now our best pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka, is also on disabled list. This is not good. What a season….
— Kevin Powell (@kevin_powell) July 10, 2014
Maybe a trip to the Disabled List will be a good thing for Masahiro Tanaka. I mean, it did wonders for Mark Teixeira.
— Ryan Michael Lazo (@ByRyanLazo) July 10, 2014
LATEST NEWS: Following the Yankees 14th inning, 5-4 win vs. the Tribe, skipper Joe Girardi said in the post game that Tanaka might have to fly to Seattle to meet with team Dr. Christopher Ahmad.
Ahmad is attending a conference in Washington, but wouldn’t this qualify as a good reason to fly back to NYC ASAP?
And just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, I hear the above.
Never a dull moment with the Yankees…