Yankees place Masahiro Tanaka on disabled list

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

"He came to us Thursday and said that he felt his arm was exhausted from here on down - his arms, his fingers, his hand", Girardi said, pointing to his shoulder. He was scheduled to pitch against the New York Mets on Monday. Nothing structural - structurally he comes out fine. "From a strength standpoint he comes out fine", said Girardi before referring to a magnetic resonance imaging test. "So we decided he just needs a break". Tanaka won't throw at all over the next five days and will miss a couple starts while he rests his exhausted pitching arm, putting him in line to return sometime when the Yankees face the Tigers between August 22 and August 24. Jordan Montgomery, who is 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts for the Yankees this year, was recently recalled from Triple-A and set to pitch Sunday night against Red Sox ace Chris Sale. Asked about it, Girardi said "you can run out of starters".

Tanaka has struggled this season, going 8-10 with a 4.92 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 23 starts. Most alarming were the five walks he issued.

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This is the third trip to the disabled list for Tanaka in his four years with the Yankees. In his All-Star rookie season of 2014 he spent almost 11 weeks on it after he was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his elbow, but he did come back. That does not count the final two weeks of last season when he was shut down because of a strained right forearm.

Tanaka won't throw for five days while doing strengthening exercises. "I feel pretty good about him coming back shortly after he can come off (the DL)".

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