TODAY: Tanaka has been diagnosed with a mild concussion, Boone told the New York Daily News’ Kristie Ackert and other media. The manager is hopeful that Tanaka will be recovered for the start of the season.
SATURDAY, 6:58PM: Tanaka has been released from hospital, the Yankees announced.
6:14PM: Tanaka will indeed go into concussion protocol, manager Aaron Boone told MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch and other reporters, though Tanaka had a negative CT scan. Boone believes Tanaka will be released from hospital tonight.
5:30PM: In a very scary moment during a Yankees simulated game today, Masahiro Tanaka was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton. Tanaka was on the ground for several minutes before walking off the field accompanied by two club trainers.
As per a statement from the Yankees, Tanaka has been “sent to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation and testing,” and the right-hander “is currently alert, responsive and walking under his own power.” It’s obviously great news that Tanaka may have escaped serious injury, though the Yankees are likely to be as cautious as possible in monitoring the hurler for any concussion symptoms before he returns to Summer Camp.
Tanaka is projected to line up behind newly-acquired ace Gerrit Cole in a rotation that is also expected to feature James Paxton, J.A. Happ, and Jordan Montgomery, though it’s possible the Yankees could work a sixth starter into the mix or use openers or piggyback starters until the rotation is fully ramped up. The 31-year-old Tanaka is entering his seventh and what could be his final season in the pinstripes, as he is slated to enter free agency this winter. A concussion (or any sort of injury) would be of particular concern to Tanaka in this shortened season, as he would have even less time to get back to full health and pitch effectively enough to position himself for another contract in the offseason.
Ouch. I hope he’s okay.
Probably couldn’t see the ball.
Needs to keep his eyes open on the mound
Are you suggesting he closes his eyes after he throws the ball?
What are you really saying?
And what are you baiting him for?
He’s clearly making a racist joke
I seen the video it’s bads
best wishes. this guy is a really useful contributer and NYY would have a hard time if he was out for an extended period of time.
Jeebus, I hope he’s ok. Hate seeing anybody getting hit in the head with a baseball.
It’s worth considering the secondary dangers of playing during Covid when injuries or any serious illness could land players and other personnel in hospitals during deadly pandemic. It’s crazy playing baseball during pandemic.
He wont even be tested but hes now a covid stat.
Yeah right. Watch out for local pizzeria: Q’s on the case!
Peart of the game
Hopefully, Masahiro Tanaka can make a safe recovery.
2 panes of glass!!
You should jump on them.
A friend of mine pitched in the Red Sox organization and had this happen twice. It screwed up his mechanics, and probably shook his confidence, and he eventually lost his way. He was on his way to the bigs before it happened. Hopefully Tanaka bounces back and is able to put it out of his mind.
And who would that be?
Michael Rozier. Lefty out of McDonough, GA. Same HS as Jason Heyward.
Ducky Buckin Fent
Hat tip @slowcurve.
Nice swat down.
The Human Rain Delay
Whew he was a tad dominant in HS huh!!!!!
Was glad he was always on my team growing up. Dude was lights out! Also a great Quarterback. Turned down UNC to sign with Sox.
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I checked it out, too. Certainly a notch (nah…let me shoot straight… several cuts above) anyone I ever played ball alongside or against.
Good object lesson in just how damn hard it is to make the bigs, man.
One of my homeowners has a son that was a first round pick by the Expos (right!?). His last name would be Schwab. He never made it past AA. Less than 1% of all minor league players will ever play an inning in MLB. Every single player (yup, even the guys that “suck”) are unbelievably good ball players, man.
Thanks for the opportunity to just talk some baseball fellas, serious.
Exactly why I never heckle ANY players in the MLB. They are elite players. Your “scrub” utility guy was most likely the best shortstop you’ve ever seen or competed against in High School or College. I have too much respect for the game and the players to insult their skills.
I play in a men’s league with some former pro and college players, the competition is really high. I couldn’t fathom competing at the AA or AAA level, much less the bigs. My friend had all the talent in the world, but it also takes a little luck, and your body has to hold up. There are so many stories similar to his, derailed by injuries. I’m 35 and trying to keep myself together to just play for fun until I can’t anymore. I encourage others to do the same. I was hitting .500 for the first 6 games but have recently dropped off a bit. Who knows, if enough players opt-out this year, I may get a chance!!! (this is obviously a joke, for the sarcasm deficient).
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All these guys are so damn good, man. All were tough too in order to make it.
Keep playing as long as you can. Well…that’s my advice. For whatever it worth. Dropped off a bit from .500(!) is still killin it, serious.
I’m 52. Badminton & Boules are pretty much it. I do get my dogs out couple hundred times/year (upland, waterfowl, small game, turkey) which is a different kind of game. It’s still physical, though. I feel pretty strong yet. Active is good!
And, hey!, look!
Thread still open. So it can be done. Thanks for your posts. Welcome change, man. Internet fist bump to all the fellas that kept it on baseball & brought positivity.
In the end, I really don’t give af about your personal politics. What’s been great is talking about a game I love with someone else who feels the same way.
Scary stuff. And, what a bitter irony that JA Happ is part of that Yankees rotation….. he was out for three months in 2013 when he took a very similar hit from a Desmond Jennings liner.
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My worst nightmare as a pitcher. Well… second worst after “gives up grand slam”.
And off Stanton’s bat, too. Love Tanaka, man. So much fun to watch him throw. He figures out what he has going every game and builds his game plan off that.
Stay cool, Hiro. Get yourself right. We’ll need your brass ones in the postseason.
is there any yankee player who can do anything without getting hurt?
No, plain oatmeal, that’s a tasteless comment.
Tanaka being released from the hospital already seems like a very good sign. Glad the Yankees will have him go through protocol.
I can’t believe how poorly this app has been running the past 3 months. Can you guys get your developers to fix it?
Revenue is down. No cash to do repairs. Sorry.
CT scan of Tanaka’s head shows nothing. (With apologies to Dizzy Dean.)
as bad as I feel for Tanaka (and I feel horrible for him) I feel worse for Stanton. That is a horrible feeling to hurt a teammate, and he knows exactly how it feels to be hit in the head with a ball. I hope both of them are ok, along with Luis cessa and dj leamahu who got covid. not a good day for the Yankees ☹️
as bad as I feel for Tanaka (and I feel horrible for him) I feel worse for Stanton. it is a horrible feeling to hurt a teammate and he knows exactly how it feels to be hit in the head with a baseball. I hope they are both ok along with Luis cessa and dj leamahu who both got covid. not a good day for the Yankees
Let’s spin a positive on this one. Stanton is tracking the ball (too soon?)
(not to belabor a point, but)…..BIX SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“Mild” concussion reminds me of the definition of “minor” surgery: surgery on someone else.
If a fart can get through 2 a ss cheeks, underwear and jeans. What makes anyone think a virus can’t get threw a mask?
Mountains of medical and scientific research and evidence.
The virus spreads through spit droplets. The mask absorbs the spit so asymptomatic people aren’t spraying their virus all up in your face. People thought China might have engineered COVID because of the virus’s resistance on surfaces. The mask prevents asymptomatic people from laying mines all over the place with the spit that comes out when they breath and talk.
Yeah, sure, but…if you can’t completely eliminate your risk, why bother reducing it at all?
Because masks and social distancing have been proven to work. Just look at South Korea, New Zealand; heck even look at Massachusetts. Since masks were mandated, MA went from the 3rd worst state to a Top 3 state in new infections and deaths. Just like condoms, masks are not 100% effective but I’d rather wear one than not so I can protect others from my bodily fluids.
Farts and viruses are two different things
The “science” changes daily so it’s hard to follow.
No, it doesn’t. Wearing a mask GREATLY reduces your chances of spreading the virus if you have it. The science has been clear on this since day one and has not changed one iota.
wild bill tetley
We were told not to wear a mask on day one. What clarity are you talking about?
rct – after being told not to wear a mask, then they said the only mask that was effective was the n-95 level mask and bandannas were useless. Then they said to wear any clothe mask. After saying a-symptomatic people were the reason for the spread and that’s why everyone must get tested, now they are saying a-symptomatic people are not contagious. First they said it can be transmitted from touch, now it’s only airborne.
The “science” changes daily.
Pitchers should wear the same Jofa helmet that Wayne Gretzky used to wear.
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Had to Google it (not a hockey guy).
Hitters are just so strong now. With current exit velos I’m not sure it’s even physically possible to react quickly enough to protect yourself in any way from that distance.
So pitchers are now unable to react to balls hit in their direction?
Depends how fast the ball is coming. Humans do have limits.
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Well, I did post “I’m not sure if it’s even physically possible”. To be clear.
Reaction time is pretty much a fixed variable. Uh? As would be the distance – more or less. The velocity of a batted ball would be the determining factor.
I’ll try to figure it out if I have time. Shouldn’t be too hard, actually. I saw it done in a study on aluminum bats in college (results of that showed it is actually *not* possible to react in some cases. Fyi)
The average person’s reaction time to something is about 0.75 seconds. A fastball going 95 miles per hour takes 0,434 seconds to go from the pitcher to home plate. A hard line drive will come back faster than that. It’s not that they are unable to react it’s more that they have to react more out of pure instinct rather than conscious choice.
Have you ever seen the documentary Fastball? I think it’s on Netflix, it’s a rather fascinating look at the physics of hitting.
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Thanks for running down those numbers. Hat tip.
I’ve not. I watch very little TV outside of the Yanks and Jints. Another dip into the well of Google later, tells me I’d like it.
There are some truly horrendous injuries and deaths (at all levels) in cricket – with a ball that weighs 5.25 ounces rather than the 3 or so that a baseball weighs – it’s reached the point where all U18 batters have to wear a compulsory helmet with a grill, and pro umpires (who stand behind the pitcher) are trialing hand held perspex screens.
Not a lot of laughs in this post – however some kind of modified cricket helmet – with specific attention to the temples and sides of the head might help, but any weight might affect mechanics. Will look into the fastball doc, cheers….
Good. My goal was to get at least one person to Google that thing.
It literally said on a sticker inside the helmet “not intended for ice hockey”.
Having said that, helmets don’t get much lighter or less vision obstructing than that. If they ever did make pitchers wear helmets, they’d probably be along those lines.
Had Tanaka been wearing one, he might very well still be concussed, but it would keep his skull from being dented.
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Well, I fell into your carefully laid trap.
Yeah, I saw that.
Btw, great screen name, bro.
Thanks. We’ll see if it’s as good after the trade deadline, but…
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You may have a difficult choice headed your way. Also: the Pirates should bring back those flat caps. Those were so awesome, man.
long live the Alex Torres helmet, that’s what i say
great that its only mild. anything off the bat of Stanton’s gotta sting.
I hope Tanaka and the Yankees don’t try to rush him back. Even mild concussions have come back to haunt players if they go back to the game too soon. I remember Brock Holt had a few years where he was struggling after a concussion.
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I really want to have faith in the Yanks medical staff. Obviously, this is not all that easy.
The concussion stuff is definitely a Big Deal, serious.
My girlfriend is going to school for psychology. She’s in that phase where she’s pretty much “diagnosing” everyone. She’s decided I have CTE. I certainly have the history for it.
So there’s that.
The arrangement I have with my son is if he ever gets a concussion I won’t sign the consent form for him to play football anymore.
Stanton wanted someone on the d.l. with him if the season starts
Too bad for Tanaka. I remember when that happened to Shoemaker…bad scene.
On another topic – it looks like the folks at MLBTR have decided to curb free and open discussion that doesn’t align with their agenda by turning off comments on certain articles.
I’m sure I’ll be banned for saying that. God Bless America, what’s left of it.
Comments are turned off but there are comments there before they shut it down..turning into crybabies.
Why not just stop all comments altogether? Personally, they are the main reason I come to this site, but if they are going to be censored or outright banned this much, why bother?
That’s why I come here too hiflew. Their article content consists largely of regurgitation of what others have said based on the number of references they cite. So there’s not a lot of hard investigative reporting going on here. The post article debate is the lure. Without it, there’s not much to come here for. People are afraid of opinions that differ from theirs. Nothing was inappropriate on the Transcript article yet MLBTR chose to shut down comments there and on at least 2 other articles today alone. Agenda driven media is alive here too.
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I’m pretty new here.
But…ya know I can see why they are. So many threads are just devolving into ineffective “debates”.
&, yes, I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve done it too.
Rather than slinging insults at one another I strongly feel we’d be better served trying to find some common ground. I know I can be overly optimistic but I’m firmly convinced it exists.
I’m trying to do more of this. Right now what *nobody* needs is more anger & more division. We have a unique opportunity here. I mean, we’re all pretty passionate baseball fans. At the very least we have that much in common.
I’d wager we all have much more than that in common, as well.
(shrugs one shoulder)
If nobody is tagging ppl,then there’s no reason to end comments.liberal s at work
Sorry, ragging ppl, or cursing for that matter too
Ducky – “Ineffective debates” is relative. I thought the Transcript article comments were fairly tame aside from Weller77 calling people names. There will always be people like that. And to add to metsfan’s comment, those types of insulting comments seem to usually come from the liberal side of the house for some reason…the same people who demand tolerance.
MLBTR turned off comments on 10 articles from today alone. If that trend continues, I will stop coming here.
Sorry for posting this here but as you know, all of the COVID articles are closed for comments. Is it just me or does there seem to be WAY more than 31 MLB players who have tested positive for COVID? It seems like every team has announced at least 2, if not 3 or 4+ cases on their active roster. Between these positive tests and players who have opted out, there seems to be the equivalent of two full teams (60 players+) who are either quarantined or have decided to sit this season out. In my opinion, the next 2 weeks could very well determine if the season can be played or not. If the majority of quarantined players can test negative twice and come back before opening day, concerns might lighten up a bit. But if these players take 4-6+ weeks to test negative, it’s going to lead to a lot more players opting out and teams being forced to go deep into their 60 man roster just to field a healthy and willing team. I wonder what the breaking point is for the league, where they would decide it’s just not worth trying to play this year given the number of players who are unable or unwilling to play. Fingers crossed that these guys recover quickly and we get some positive momentum; this just seems to be heading towards the worst possible outcome for all.
Tooth – As I said on another article, I view 2020 more as an exhibition than a regular season. I think it’s a great opportunity to bring up some of the youngsters who wouldn’t yet get a chance to show what they can do.
I agree, Prov but the players and owners have to agree too. If a couple of teams are looking at 10 of their Top 15-20 players either opting out or being quarantined, there could be a push by players and owners just to end the season altogether. As we all know, the players could care less about the youngsters; in fact they’d prefer the don’t get a chance to show how good they are and take their jobs. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
to be fair, i feel owners would love to see the money they save if they are to play all pre-arb guys instead of players with guaranteed salaries.
So is the Indians name change blocked now from comments
@metsfan – don’t take the second bit as aimed at you – it’s very general…
Yeah – that’s a disappointment – the name change – I’d suggested the Cleveland Artichokes perhaps hoping to woo the Jewish community rather than focus on the indigenous populace.
I didn’t think it particularly heinous but perhaps I was responsible for that one.
To be fair, it must be driving the MLBTR team absolutely nuts with all the covid to politics talk. It doesn’t exactly sell the site to advertising does it? I’ve enjoyed some banter, intelligent debate and admittedly made the occasional crass comment, sometimes purposely, on an occasion yesterday accidentally, but I could see what the respondent meant.
Can we all maybe self-censor? I’ve valued the debate below the line more than the content – with no disrespect to MLBTR – in the year or so since discovering the site, but whereas I used to enjoy the vast majority of comments, now it’s a slimmer majority.
Frankly as soon as it comes to the covid/political mix – in the comments I switch off, next article. MLBTR are doing the same. Can anyone blame them?
Be best to opt out and get lots of healing time for his brain. The team is secondary in this situation. His health and future number one.
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Well, if it’s our goal to see the comments closed we’re doing a bang up job, lads.
Hoping we can all (myself included) just take a deep breath here and treat one another with respect. Or else… yeah…I’ll catch you hep cats on the flippity flop.
I put a massively long thing about how i wanted every team name changed : i.e. giants because its offensive to midgets, Yankees because it’s offensive to southerners..i bet that closed off the indians comments,or the fact that i said stop kowtowing to anarchists..