Just minutes after the Yankees opened spring training 2.0 Saturday in The Bronx, Masahiro Tanaka suffered a frightening injury when he took a line drive to the right side of his head off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton.
Tanaka immediately fell on the mound and action stopped as trainers rushed to check on him. He stayed down for approximately five minutes before sitting up. He was helped to his feet and walked off the field with the assistance of two trainers.
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The Yankees later announced that Tanaka was “alert, responsive and walking under his own power.” He is being sent to NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation and testing.
The 31-year-old right-hander had faced several batters as Saturday was the Yankees’ first official workout after players began to report Wednesday following the three-month lay-off due to the COVID-19 pandemic followed by the labour dispute between MLB and the players association.
The YES Network broadcast reported there was no net in front of the mound, as there typically is during batting practice, due to it being a simulated game. A net, however, was brought out after the Tanaka incident.
Tanaka is entering the final year of a seven-year, $155 million contract.
This article originally appeared on the NY Post and was reproduced with permission.