Yankees’ Tanaka hit in the head with a line drive

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit with a line drive on Saturday to the head during batting practice. The incident happened after Giancarlo Stanton hit the ball back at Tanaka.

After being down for several minutes, Tanaka was helped off the field at Yankee Stadium. He was then transported to a local hospital.

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the MLB London Series
Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the MLB London Series (Getty Images)

Several hours later, Tanaka was released from the hospital. Despite not suffering a serious injury, he will still enter the MLB concussion protocol.

While at the hospital, Yankees manager Aaron Boone underwent a variety of tests.

“I appreciate all the support,” Tanaka tweeted out. “I feel it a bit right now, but I’m all good. Going to try to get back on the mound ASAP! Thanks again for all the encouraging words.”

If he is able to clear concussion protocol, he’ll be able to return to preparing for the new season in a week or so. However, if he has lingering concussion symptoms, he could potentially miss significant time – including potentially the entire season.

The Yankees were preparing for the upcoming season, like other teams around the country. MLB teams are expected to begin their 60-game season at the end of July.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, MLB and MLBPA went back and forth before MLB forced the players into their March agreement to begin on July 23rd. The Yankees are expected to begin the season against the Washington Nationals in Washington, D.C.

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