Just when the Yankees thought they were starting to get players activated from the disabled list, the thought of putting another one on there sounds horrifying. However, this one seems like it will sting just a little bit more.
Baseball broke the news yesterday, as Yankees’ ace Masahiro Tanaka flew back to New York to get an MRI on his right elbow. Currently, Tanaka is placed on the DL for inflammation in his right elbow. If his injury requires Tommy John surgery, it will be a devastating loss for the Yankees on many levels.
To some, this injury is not a surprise. In his last two starts, Tanaka didn’t look like himself. In 13 2/3 innings, he gave up 20 hits and 10 runs. Those are not even remotely close to the Tanaka numbers at all that he has been putting up in all of his starts prior to those.
There is no question that Tanaka is the reason why the Yankees are even still hanging on in this division race. The rookie is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA with half a season still to play. He gives the Yankees a chance to win every five days, and they have received everything they have wanted and more from him.
“He gives us a chance to win even when he is not at his best,’’ Mark Teixeira told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. “When he is dominant, forget about it.”
The Yankees are trying to stay optimistic about his DL stint, but everyone in that organization knows that they are in big trouble. It has been talked about that Chase Whitley will take his place, but there is definitely going to be a different feel with this team.
“He’s been as good as anyone probably in our league that we’ve seen,” Derek Jeter told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. “He’s been our go-to guy.’’