Yankees place Masahiro Tanaka on 15-day DL with elbow inflammation

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5:01pm: The Yankees have placed Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation, Joe Girardi told reporters. He had the MRI earlier today but the team doctors have yet to review the results. “I’m not saying it’s a significant injury, but there’s soreness,” said the manager. “It’s not how you draw it up, but injuries are a part of the game.”

3:28pm: Masahiro Tanaka has left the Yankees to travel to New York for an MRI on his right elbow, according to George KingJon Heyman says Tanaka told the team he was dealing with some discomfort following last night’s start, so hopefully this is nothing more than a precaution.

The Indians roughed Tanaka up for five runs on ten hits in 6.2 innings last night, though after the game he told reporters he “didn’t feel that bad.” Last time out the Twins got to him for four runs on nine hits in seven innings. That had been his worst start of the season up until that point. It’s worth noting Tanaka’s fastball velocity has wavered in his last few starts, but last night he actually had his highest average fastball velocity of the season at 92.46 mph.

Here’s the obligatory velocity graph from Brooks Baseball:

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Tanaka has been relatively healthy throughout his career, though he did miss about a month with shoulder inflammation during the spring of 2012 while with the Rakuten Golden Eagles. His workload in Japan was a hot topic over the winter — Tanaka had thrown more than 1,300 innings before his 25th birthday, a number only Felix Hernandez has approached among MLB pitchers in recent years.

The Yankees have made sure to give Tanaka extra rest whenever possible this season — ten of his 18 starts this year have come with at least one extra day of rest — and only four times did he throw more than 110 pitches. They’ve been pretty careful with him as he transitioned from a seven-day schedule to a five-day schedule, no doubt about it.

Even if the MRI comes back perfectly clean, I would put money on Tanaka not making his scheduled start in Baltimore on Sunday. It’s the final day of the first half and the Yankees have an opportunity to give him a nice extended rest during the All-Star break. No reason not to take advantage of it at this point. It goes without saying that losing Tanaka for any length of time would be devastating.

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  • Dan

    Fuck.

    • nycsportzfan

      I been mentioning his velocity lately. Something seemed up. This is pretty much a killer blow.

      I’m watching Angels vs Bluejays right now. Praying CJ Wilson can win the game so we can try and catch a game on em tonight but the dude is total garbage. So glad we didn’t sign CJ Wilson. Guy walks the everyone and if he goes near the plate, it gets ripped. Dodged a bullet with CJ Wilson.

      • RetroRob

        Having a precautionary MRI is not a killer blow.

    • http://google NYcornerstone

      Are you fucking kidding me ! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    • Johnny baseball

      Enough said.

  • DERP

    Well this sounds like it could be bad news

  • AndyHawkins

    Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee—–eeeeet. That is all.

  • AndyHawkins

    Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee—–it. That is all.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Worth repeating for emphasis.

  • JLC 776

    Of course he needs an MRI, why wouldn’t he? It’s the 2014 Yankees.

  • BigBlueAL

    I just saw Joel Sherman tweet about this. I feel like throwing up right now…

  • Chris Z.

    During the game last night they showed Tanaka in the dugout and he had a blue sleeve on his right arm. The kind that basketball players wear. I don’t know if that’s something he normally would wear but it certainly raised my senses. Could the two be related?

  • Mike P

    DOOM!

  • Kenny

    This might be the year we finally are sellers at the trade deadline

    • Ryan

      And the year where we have nothing to sell…

    • DSFC

      Not much to sell. Gardner, maybe, and I’m not sure how much you’re getting for Brett Gardner.

      • ac1

        Sell… Release. Whatever.

        If Tanaka goes on the DL, here is what I do as a team in transition:

        1. Send Warren back to AAA to get back to starting.
        2. Decide NOW if they are going to keep Robertson and if so, extend him ASAP (and move Betances to the rotation). If they aren’t (a la Cano), trade him as he is a major trade chip.

        3. Release Roberts and bring up Refsnyder.

        4. Release Ryan and bring up Pirela.

        5. Release Ichiro and bring up Almonte and or Flores.

        6. Rotation will be: Kuroda, Phelps, Greene, McCarthy, and a fifth guy once they move Whitney to the pen to preserve his innings cap (Until Warren is ready). Give us a chance to maybe see Turley too.

        7. Start pushing guys through the system faster. Start by moving Severino to AAA.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Can we just stick to “OH FUCK!,” please?

        • LK

          I can’t disagree more with #7. Don’t push guys through the system, and don’t hold them back. Let them develop at their own pace and promote them when they’re ready. Prospects won’t be ready quicker just because the big league team needs them to be.

          Luis Severino is 20 years old, has already been promoted this season, has only thrown 20 innings at his new level, and you want to jump him 2 more levels? Absolute madness.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YCeIgt7hMs WFAN Caller

          8. Kill Randy Levine. Sell his organs to black market vendor. Use money to trade for international bonus slots.

          9. Burn down Yankee Stadium. Recoup cash through false insurance claim. Use cash to build new stadium across the street where old Yankee Stadium stood.

          10. Sell franchise to megalomaniac Russian investor

          11. Change franchise nickname to Ruskies

          12. Inadvertently start WWIII

          13. Move to Colorado, join forces with Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen to fight Russian invasion

          14. Defeat Russians

          15. Rename franchise to “Freedom Fighters”

          16. Trade Gary Sanchez & Luis Severino for Archie Bradley

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            You forgot to replace Brian Cashman with Isiah Thomas.

          • trr

            well done, Caller.

            “Satirists” like eddard, take note. This is how it’s done.

            • vicki

              no way. ac1’s inadvertant parody was funnier than caller’s effort.

          • dkidd

            cashman: i thought there were a billion chinamen?

            stick: there WERE

            (tosses drink in fire)

          • RetroRob

            Is that you, TSJC?

          • scott

            In light of all the bad news today in Yankeeland, that was awesome, thanks caller

          • Wolfgang’s Fault

            “9. Burn down Yankee Stadium. Recoup cash through false insurance claim. Use cash to build new stadium across the street where old Yankee Stadium stood.”

            I’d actually go along w/this. Hate YS3, and in particular, the even shorter right-field “porch” which is just scandalous & hurts the game. Should they do this, build a replica of the original but with obvious adjustments & amenities reflecting the 21st century. In particular, move the right field stands back 10-12 feet, get rid of the restaurant in CF, increase seating to 52-54,000, & lower seating prices. Yup, that’s the ticket.

        • S

          Why would they move Betances to the rotation? They tried that experiment and he’s shown his stuff doesn’t translate to prolonged outings. He’s lights out as a reliever, and deserves a shot at the closer’s job, especially since I’ve never liked Robertson as the heir-apparent to Mo’s throne. Sure, he’s getting the job done, but he also give up entirely too many hits in the process. Dellin is as close to unhittable as you could ask for when trying to fill the shoes of a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

          Cashman was quoted in the Post just this morning saying the Yankees are prepared to go for it. If Tanaka requires surgery (and possibly major surgery at that), I think it’s time to abort that plan and move whatever assets they have. I’m a lifelong Yankee fan and I never thought I’d utter the word “rebuild” when talking about them, but it might be time. Sacrifice this year and next if necessary, give the kids a chance to play, and go hard after big ticket free agents over the next 2 offseasons for the positions that can’t be filled internally (SS, 3B unless Solarte can rebound and fill an everyday role, 2B etc)

          The upcoming free agent class includes Hanley, Sandoval, Asdrubal Cabrera, Drew, JJ Hardy etc. All of those could slot nicely into 3B or SS positions for the Yankees next year and beyond, with Chris Davis, Cespedes (who Oakland won’t re-sign because it’s not the Billy Beane way) – Latos could potentially highlight the class of free agent pitchers. I say 2 year rebuild with 2016 as the target for winning.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Sure, he’s getting the job done, but he also give up entirely too many hits in the process.

            Opposing batter are hitting .202 against Robertson this year.
            Opposing batters hit .211 against Mariano Rivera over his illustrious career.

            I think your standards might be just a tad bit on the ridiculous side.

        • http://BigABaseball.com ProjectNeo

          The Betances starting pitcher ship has sailed. He’s a reliever, the last thing the Yankees should do is turn him into Daniel Bard 2.0.

        • Frank

          Legitimately the worst 7 ideas I have ever seen for this team, this season.

    • http://BigABaseball.com ProjectNeo

      They have Robertson and Kuroda, those would be the big trade chips since they wont have an impact beyond this year. But man I hope it doesn’t come to that.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Pretty sure Kuroda has a NTC.
        He’s refused to be traded before when he was with the Dodgers.

        Even if he was willing to waive the NTC, it would likely only be for the Dodgers, who don’t really need him.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    get ready to trade the farm for arms in 3, 2, 1 …

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Some more information other than “arm” would be nice.

    I don’t even want to go there but, if we’re talking worst case scenario, after how durable he’s been in Japan, then we don’t know what the fuck we’re doing in the US with pitchers.

    But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

    • LK

      “after how durable he’s been in Japan, then we don’t know what the fuck we’re doing in the US with pitchers”

      I’m not sure I agree. I think you could just as easily argue that all the high pitch counts in Japan caused the damage that’s only manifesting now. Of course, I don’t necessarily disagree either, I just think no one really knows what’s causing all these pitching injuries. After all, the injury orgy that was the 2013 Yankees actually had a pretty healthy pitching staff.

      One thing’s for sure though – if Tanaka has to miss any significant time or suffers a reduction in effectiveness, this Yankee team is more or less screwed. Here’s hoping they don’t find anything.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        You and your rational thoughts.

        If we can continue to engage in complete overreacted rooted in zero fact whatsoever, though, the possibility that a pitcher like him could need TJ (and Adam told me this is a foregone conclusion, sooooo….) his first season in the US, with this rash of TJ surgeries occurring as of late, really would raise some suspicion to me as to how we’re caring for the arms of guys at a certain age.

        Yes, this is talking out of my ass, but my ass is right sometimes.

        • LK

          I agree that it would only lend support to the notion that something about how pitchers are being taken care of in MLB is going very wrong. But, let’s hope the MRI is clean, and we can all laugh at some of these posts very soon.

  • DERP

    Kuroda
    McCarthy
    Phelps
    Greene
    Whitley

    Sounds promising

    • Bavarian Yankee

      I think it’s not unrealistic to say that some teams’ AAA-rotation is better than this one.

  • Deddard Jeter

    The season is over if he goes to the DL. They weren’t even winning his starts anymore and now it looks like it’s a more serious issue with the arm. Another FA signing, another injury for Cashman.

    • bw1tz

      “Another FA signing, another injury for Cashman.”

      Yup. Cashman failed. He should’ve been able to see into the future to know about a possible arm injury nobody knows the severity of yet.

      Do you blurt out every stupid idea that comes to your mind in real life too?

  • ClayDavis

    You gotta fucking be kidding me. For fuckity fucks sake.

  • Alex Rodriguez

    I feel like those kids in the Derrick Rose Return commercial…

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    He’s adjusting to 5 days rest instead of 7, and it’s halfway through. He’s arm’s probably feeling it. It goes without saying, if he’s DL’ed, this rotation…

  • ac1

    If he is hurt, there is absolutely no point to giving away our younger players for pitching. Just bring up the guys from AAA and let them play. Goes for the offense too. Trade or release accordingly and let some guys get playing time in the majors.
    Somehow, watch we will still break .500.

  • CashmanNinja

    Just what we fucking needed. We can’t catch a damn break. Not a one…unless it involves the breaking of a tendon.

  • mo is gone blues

    uh oh smells like another pavano

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YCeIgt7hMs WFAN Caller

      Tanaka has already won as many games as Pavano did in pinstripes

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YCeIgt7hMs WFAN Caller

        *as many = *3 more

  • Free-range, grass fed Soylent Greene (formerly Electric Nunex ll)

    Posting comes right after a Kei Igawa retrospective…

    This is poetic… if the likes of me were to try my hand at poetry. No, check that, even worse…

  • DERP

    They still will make the playoffs.

    • Cian Brashman

      Whaddya mean still?

  • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

    Well, if it’s TJ, at least it happened when we weren’t front runners for the WS.

    Or something. No polyanna from me today.

    Fuck.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      If it’s TJ, and teams continue to do the same shit with their pitchers, day in and day out, then baseball is fucked.

      But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

      If I don’t get a late summer and fall of watching Tanaka AND Lebron, I’m going to stick to fake sports and heavy drinking.

      • ChrisS

        Maybe it’s time to pitch underhand.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          What is the name of that ridiculously hot women’s softball player from a few years ago again? Yes. SIGN HER, CASHMAN.

          • TopChuckie

            Jennie Finch?

          • Pinedamaybegreata (formerly Monterowasdinero)

            Jenny Finch.

            Your welcome.

          • ropeadope

            Rosie O’Donnell?

  • rogue

    It’s football season!

    Go Giants!!!

  • Mister D

    Will us Yankees fans ever get a break???????

    • Daniel Bryan’s Neck

      C’mon man. We’ve had 5 World Series wins over the past 18 years. 7 pennants. And 16 playoff appearances. Let’s not sounds like stereotypical spoiled yankees fans here and call us a group of fans who can’t get a break.

      However, this current yankees team, yes, cannot catch a break. However, these things used to happen to this team all the time. However, now, they have absolutely no depth to compensate.

      • Mister D

        Sarcasm is dead. RIP sarcasm.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Rough moment for sarcasm.

          Everyone is allowed to indulge in their inner fred robbins for the moment.

          • fred robbins

            Thank you Jorge.
            I feel honored to be thought of by one of the mainstays and prodigal sons of this blog.
            have a wonderful happy night=drink or no drink.

  • http://twitter.com/CallUpRefsnyder Matt :: Sec109
  • tom

    The way he is pitching I can guess it is his elbow.

  • Daniel

    This is awful, I was going to get to watch him in Baltimore on Sunday. If he misses extended time they had better not trade for an arm. The season is over without him being 100%, don’t screw our next few years for some loser who will change nothing.

    • Mister D

      I was just thinking “well, its not worst case because that would have been buying Samardzija then this happening” but I guess real worst case is a horrific buy trade just to maintain our 82 win pace.

  • TWTR

    I’m going to be optimistic, because why the fuck not.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Because you’d absolutely send your $155 million dollar ace for a precautionary MRI if he said he felt “a little discomfort.”

      Not being facetious. It’d completely make sense as a “we’re not fucking around here” measure.

  • ac1

    on a side note, just saw tonights lineup. is he really giving gardner ANOTHER night off?

    He is young, how many friggin days off does he need?

    • Deddard Jeter

      Yeah, and they’re 5 days away from the ASB. I do like Zolio in the lineup, though. I’m hoping now that they’ve disabled Lohud comments that we get some spillover at RAB. They’ll fit right in here.

      • TWTR

        Some would, some wouldn’t.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Injury.

  • Adam

    Of course he is. I’m sure he’ll need Tommy John surgery. Unbelievable. Fucking perfect. At what point does this team’s entire training staff get canned?

    • Winter

      Honestly, the Yankees have been okay on pitching injuries this year, compared to teams like the Braves and Rangers.

      • MB923

        Yet the Braves find themselves in first place left and right with the Nationals while this team is barely holding on to a .500 record.

    • Old Man Time

      Glad to see Adam hit the gas went and 0 – OH FUCK I MUST PANIC!!

  • Yankeefan91

    is it ok to cry ?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      It’s always OK to cry.

      • I’m One

        There’s no crying in baseball!

  • NeilT

    At least we’re only Yankees fans. Could be worse. We could be Brazilian.

    I keep telling myself over and over, knowing full well I don’t believe a word of it.

  • ac1

    Melo is resigning with the Knicks.
    Maybe they can put a decent team together this time.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I’m surprised by that. I thought for sure he was waiting on Lebron to see what his market truly was.

    • Free-range, grass fed Soylent Greene (formerly Electric Nunex ll)

      Source? ESPN and NBA.com have nothing…
      Melo re-signing & LeBron leaving would be ideal…

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        It’s on Hoops Rumors, but it’s just been refuted.

  • FIPster Doofus

    I’m just going to pretend this news is fake and close this webpage. Carry on.

  • Kevin

    If Tanaka is out for a long lentpght of time, the Yankees might as well be sellers at the trade deadline.

    Players available

    Kuroda
    Ichiro
    Johnson
    Thornton
    Roberts

    • Winter

      Oh man, I’m sure teams will be all over those players.

      • Kevin

        Kuroda would but he would only go to the Dodgers or Angels maybe SF.

      • RetroRob

        Such a pessimist…I mean a realist.

        I’ve been advocating getting Ichiro off the roster now to simply open up a spot. While he’s been better than I expected, I’d rather have Almonte or Pirela, or both up to start assessing what they can offer on a MLB level. Even if they aren’t great, the drop from what Ichiro’s offering would be minimal.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    The King article does make it sound a lot less scary, and much more precautionary. WHEW.

    OHMYGODHESGUNNADIE

  • BigBlueAL

    Almonte starting in LF tonight so looks like he is being called up. Strange that Gardner is sitting again, 2nd time in 4 games. Hope he isnt nursing some injury.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Mild abdominal issue.
      He thinks he’ll be able to play after just 1 day off.

      Of course this is the Yankees, so that might mean a 3-month DL stint.

  • Darren

    Damn, if the team really has no hope, maybe they should trade Jeter to a contender? Reunite him with Donnie Baseball for August and September.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I’d expect nothing less from you, Darren. Well done. This somehow eclipses every other comment on here.

  • scott

    Well if he does need TJ or is on the DL for a while, it will hopefully keep the FO from making some crazy trades and giving up the very few MLB ready prospects we have and the few rising starts (Severino).

    Of course it could trigger the opposite and by tomorrow we will have traded away 10 players for Jake Peavy

  • emac2

    These guys need more rest or the need HGH.

    A 6 man rotation should really be looked at.

    • trr

      That’s not the worst idea I’ve heard.

  • BigBlueAL

    OK Gardner has an abdominal strain, feared it was a hernia but it wasnt. Should be back tomorrow according to Yankee beat writers.

  • TopChuckie

    The upshot is this wholly warranted reaction proves just how deserving he is (fingers crossed, will be) of the MVP.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Did the MRI happen yet?

  • Delbert Grady

    Let’s hope this is the Yankees giving Tanaka a mid-season vacation like the Red Sox used to give Pedro. This way he gets to skip the All Star game and rest for a bit. Maybe they just want to rest him. Girardi loves rest. He’d rather rest the guys than play them!

    If he’s really injured, it’s the doomsday scenario. Trade Drob & Kuroda and see if Tex will waive his no trade while he’s healthy and patiently wait for Jeter’s last game.

    • NeilT

      If the don’t put him on the DL, he has to suit up for the ASG and be in Minneapolis the whole time. No getting round that.

      If he doesn’t start on Sunday – then he’s eligible to pitch in the ASG.

      That is kinda scary, if he’s hurt but not hurt enough to warrant a DL stint. Even with the ASB break, he’d be scheduled to pitch again the Friday or Saturday, so he’d still need to get in his side session, bullpens, etc.

  • mustang

    Wow just Wow

  • RetroRob

    Shut him down! Bubble wrap him!!!

    I’ll maintain a positive view that it’s precautionary. First time pitching every five days. Give him some rest.

    If they skip his Sunday start, they can also prevent him from pitching in the All-Star game, yes, even if he shows up, as was the plan prior?

  • Jerkface

    Tanaka had thrown more than 1,300 innings before his 25th birthday, a number only Felix Hernandez has approached among MLB pitchers in recent years.

    I have to really disagree with this statement. If you include minors & college, then pitchers like CC, Kershaw, Verlander, Maddux, Clemens, and others have thrown more or similar innings to Tanaka.

    If you discount minor league innings because of reasons that people discount them, level of competition & how hard they work to get outs, then you must also discount Tanaka’s innings because the lineups simply aren’t good enough to consistently challenge pitchers of Tanaka’s quality in the NPB.

    And it must be taken into account the days of rest as well.

    Tanaka has never, in his career, had a game where he averaged 20 pitches per inning. EVER. He simply didn’t work as hard as similar MLB pitchers.

    • RetroRob

      I agree. The innings comparison used for Tanaka to current and past major leaguers is a poor one because it’s not apples-to-apples. He was already in Japan’s version of the majors at a young age.

      He also pitched once a week and against weaker lineups, lower stress.

      Not that any of it matters if he needs TJS.

      I remain optimistic until told otherwise.

      • Jerkface

        Yea and it must be also be stated that Japan does not have a robust minor league system and they don’t draft or attain as many amateurs. They have 2 levels: Ichi-gun & Niigun, with ichigun being the majors & niigun being their minor league affiliate. Most players who are worth a damn go right to ichigun, with maybe periodic time in niigun if they need playing time or whatever.

        So you have the NPB’s top level, which is actually a mix of professional veterans, foreigners, and guys who should be in an AAA equivalent. That doesn’t even count the ‘pro players’ who are not even MLB AA quality.

        A lot of american pro players pitch just as much, if not more, against harder talent than the NPB players.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Makes perfect sense.

  • tom

    Almonte in and Tanaka out on 25 man roster?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Can’t be. That would be WAY too premature.

      • tom

        Maybe. Is that right Yankees have to complete 25 man roster in an hour prior to a gametime? If so, Tanaka may be already in NYC when the story broke out and rushed to get MRI result by 5:30pm.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Why has’t the MRI happened yet? Why is Lebron making me wait until 5:00, Central time, to meet with Riley? Why can’t people just do this on MY TIME?!

    I’m done with sports. They don’t listen to me.

    • RetroRob

      I agree.

      I just saw this story five minutes go, living in blissful ignorance while commenting in another thread. Why hasn’t the MRI happened in the last five minutes?????

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Maybe it’s done by now. Can someone check? I NEED TO KNOW.

        • tom

          MRI is underway. Be Patient.

  • Baked McBride

    Now Tanaka-san?

    I’m comin’, Elizabeth!

    • RetroRob

      I’m comin’, Elizabeth?

      Clearly you are of my generation.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        LAMONT, YOU DUMMY!

        • Baked McBride

          This is the Big One!

          • ropeadope

            And when it actually happened in real life (Redd Foxx), everyone thought he was joking.

  • Joe C

    If this is anything serious then I think the Yankees should call it a season and start planning next for next year. Try to acquire good young players in the trade market. Don’t waste your time trying to pursue a playoff spot because this team has too many holes. Better to clearout the deadwood now and see what the kids could do.

  • TopChuckie

    Just translated Tanaka’s last tweet from 16 hours ago and I think he said he will make adjustments for his next start and not be too pessimistic. So at least at that point he wasn’t feeling so bad as to not think he’d make his next start.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      The King article really does not sound serious. I understand the freakout and share in it, but there’s a high probability that this is just protecting your investment.

      • TopChuckie

        Maybe there’s no report of any pain, and the thinking is, “he’s just pitched his worst two games, lets take a look just to be sure.”

        • Mandy Stankiewicz

          Wait. Logical reactions? We’re doing that sorta’ thing here?

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

            That’s why this panic is so stupid. The Yankees are kind of just making sure that Tanaka’s alright. The fact that people think it’s the end of the world makes you think that Tanaka is down for 40 years….

  • ruralbob

    I didn’t realize “MRI” was an abbreviation for “amputation.”

    • RetroRob

      Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

      I have no idea how that fits here, but I enjoy throwing it in.

      • Mikhel

        +1 on the Monty Python’s reference

  • Wayne

    Now it is definitely happening Hal Steinbrenner is trading the whole Yankees farm system away.
    Luis Severino gone, Aaron Judge gone, Dustin Fowler gone, Gary Sanchez gone, Gosuke Katoh gone,
    Ian Clarkin gone, Brady Lail gone, Mason Williams gone.
    Heck maybe Shane Greene gone!!!

    Hey is Carmelo staying with the knicks cause the baseball season is over
    if this turns out to be true.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      IT WAS YOOOOOOOOOOOOOU!!!!

  • Bill

    Put him on the 15 day DL. He’ll be eligible to come back on the 23rd (or 24th), which is the 6th or 7th game out of the break. Might have to muddle through with a Huff or a Billings for a start or two, but this guy is WAY too important long term to do anything else. And if it’s remotely serious, shut him down for the rest

  • tom

    Refsnyder to play OF now? I guess Pirela is nobody.

  • tom

    Tanaka out of 40 man so Refsnyder or Pirela has opportunity.

  • Chris Z.

    if they sell this year I can’t see people going insane over it. it would be about time and I think after years and years of winning they have earned it. I’ll still go see them play! It happens…

    • ac1

      Not only would i still go, i’d be excited to watch it. They would finally be interesting on non-tanaka days…

  • tom

    It is torn UCL.

  • BigDavey88

    Dude.

  • no no Cano

    They don’t want him to get hurt at the all star game so they are making up a fugazy injury.

  • Bronx_Boy

    I was across the internet on the other side of the world and I smelled the stink of panic in here.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      You could be on Mars and smell the stink of panic.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Barbieri tweet removed for a reason, Mike?

    If watch for fake “Tom” posts at the moment.

  • ac1

    Max Wildstein ?? ?@MaxWildstein ·1m
    If Tanaka is placed on DL, #Yankees will likely go after another starting pitcher, perhaps #Mets Bartolo Colon
    ___

    What a mistake this would be….
    If 80% of the rotation is hurt, we are out.
    Just facts, and we dont have the offense to cover it.
    Do not start throwing prospects away that can help us in the future, now, or can be used to get Tulo in the offseason.
    Just admit it isnt our year, and see what we have for the future.

    The injury god has been telling us since April 2013 that it is time.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I hate Twitter.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        So do I, but unfortunately, its the only way to get up to date baseball news….

    • Old Man Time

      You’re not getting Tulo.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Hey look, lots of overreacting.

    • Chris Z.

      its hard to not fear tj because of the insane amount of guys who are going down.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        Oh well. This site suffers from overreacting. If it happens it happens. We contend anyway.

  • Wayne

    Hal please don’t don’t trade the farm away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The farm system has a ton of potential!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hal please don’t fire Cashman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Trolliest thing you’ve ever done.

      The thrill is gone.

  • Mikhel

    No more Igawa posts!!!!!!! Strictly prohibited!!!!!!

  • ac1

    Oh well. This site suffers from overreacting. If it happens it happens. We contend anyway.

    __

    This is the problem. Because the AL East is to bad, we are in contention as bad as we have played. They won’t trash the season 4 games out of first.

    If the Jays ran away with it like it looked like last month, perhaps it would have forced their hand.

  • ac1

    I think that the fans need to start a a petition letting the Yankees know it is ok for them to rebuild. They probably feel the fans wont accept it, but i believe we would accept it as long as it was leading to a brighter future AND they stick with it.

  • Chris Z.

    Cashman: Hal, we have a problem, 4/5th of our rotation is down. We don’t have much of an offense and our prospects aren’t great.

    Hal: Ok i’ll raise the budget. Do what you have to do.

    Cashman: No, you aren’t getting it. We can’t win this year.

    Hal: Can’t win? I’m increasing payroll.

    Cashman: We have no one to trade.

    Hal: So buy someone, I said I am increasing payroll.

    Cashman: There are no free agents during the season. Good ones anyway.

    Hal: Anyone in Japan?

    Cahsman: No.

    Hal: I don’t understand. Trade for Bonds.

    Cashman: He is retired.

    Hal: Good, he will come cheap.

    Cashman: (hands in his resignation)

    Hal: Ok, now that we have Bonds raise the ticket prices and let the press know we are going to have 4 new bobble head days. Mickey Rivers; Aaron Small; Andy Stankiewicz and Kevin Brown.

  • King George

    Erik Boland just tweeted that a source told him Tanaka has being dealing with this discomfort “the last few starts”

    • tom

      That explained why Girardi refused to skip Nuno against Red Sox.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Beware of Twitter.

  • Mike Myers

    PANIC!!!!!!!!

    So, worst case its TJ. Best case he missed a few starts.
    Worst case we sell. Best case we win the world series.

    No biggie….wait, oh no, PANIC!!!!

    CashFailed! BlamePovano! IgawaCurse! IgawaArticleCurse!

    • RetroRob

      Well, yes, of course, the IgawaArticleCurse will immediately become part of RAB folklore if Tanaka is injured significantly.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    We have a body part now, but whatever. No one thought he was going back for an MRI on his pinky. Doesn’t change much.

  • JGYank

    Dear Baseball Gods,

    Please spare Tanaka. We’ll even sacrifice roberts and ichiro to appease you. We might even include Jeter, but would prefer to give up KJ. We’ll sort that part out later. Please, anyone but Tanaka.

    Sincerely,
    Yankees fans

    • Joe C

      I would seriously consdier trading Derek at this point if for no other reason than to give him one more shot at the brass ring. Who knows, maybe the tigers would be willing. That would my sentamental choice.

  • Wayne

    Sweeti Murti just reported its the elbow!!
    I smell Tommy John surgery!
    Another one bites the dust!!

  • tom

    USAtoday said Tanaka is on DL with sore elbow.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Girardi said it. Elbow inflammation.

  • Preston

    I wish I didn’t know about this. The results of the MRI would be one thing, then I would know and just deal with it. But having to wait on the results is going to ruin my mood for the next couple of days.

  • nycsportzfan

    Holy fuck, how do the Angels ever win games. They’ve run themselves into about 4outs, missed about 4makable plays, made about 2or3 errors, and CJ Wilson is fucking total garbage. All he does is walk guys, throw wild pitches and give up hits.

    This idiot CJ Cron just got a groundball that he bobbled and still tried to go to 2nd and sailed it to RF. When he finally recovered the ball he was about 1ft from 1st base and didn’t touch the bag. Howie Kendrick missed what should of been a easy double play. They sent Trout on the most obvious “hold em” play i’ve ever seen. They got thrown out at 2nd. What a fucking mess.

    So annoying watching the Angels today. They should not win games. How they do is beyond me?

    • Pinedamaybegreata (formerly Monterowasdinero)

      Watch them play the Yankees. That is when they are at their best.

      Sciosia the genius.

      • nycsportzfan

        Thank god Stroman was off his game, but its still just tied and Toronto is into the pathetic Angels bullpen. I mean straight up pathetic. Toronto all ready has the leadoff guy on in the 5th. I’d pretty much be shocked if they don;t take the lead back by a couple runs in this inning.

      • nycsportzfan

        Literally they have next to no bullpen arm worth a rats ass.

        • nycsportzfan

          They brought in Bedrosian who did nothing. They then bring in Thatcher to face a bad hitting lefty and he walks em on 5pitches.

          Now Toronto has top of the order up who the Angels have not got out basically all game.

    • nycsportzfan

      All right, Stroman sucks bad today as well! Angels knot it up at 6-6 in the 4th!!! Go Angels!

    • JGYank

      “How do they ever win games?” wonders fan who watched one of their games.

      • nycsportzfan

        Oh shut up. I’m just frustrated. Obviously I know they have a solid offense. But there defense is dreadful as is there bullpen and the starting pitching is just so-so. So yeah, it is alittle surprising they are in the hunt.

        • JGYank

          Yeah I didn’t think their pitching would hold up either but Richards has been awesome and their lineup has done well. Surprised with Seattle too. AL West is pretty strong this year.

  • NeilT

    That’s it I’m going home to hide under a rock until November, unless the Giants start 6-0 in which case I may emerge sooner.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Cuncel da Yankeez

  • Pinedamaybegreata (formerly Monterowasdinero)

    To quote the great Sparky Lyle: “From Cy Young to Sayonara”

    I knew Tanaka was hurt before any of you. What more evidence do you need than giving up a 1-2 count homer to Nick Swisher?

    Simply no other explanation….

    • trr

      That was Graig Nettles, not Sparky Lyle

  • tom

    It is all right… He needs some good rest.

  • http://tank.com Tanakathon

    Well, baseball had a nice run there. Football and soccer now define American Sport from here on out. Oh well. Nothing lasts forever.

    • Axl Rose

      And we both know hearts can change

  • Mike HC

    It is not looking like we are doing much this year anyway, so hopefully it is not serious and the Yanks can take their time getting him back healthy. Will definitely miss one of the few bright spots of this season though.

  • JGYank

    If he misses some time, right now isn’t the worst timing in the world with the All-Star break.

    But with this happening immediately after a Kei Igawa post is not a good omen. Also McCarthy’s first start as a Yank is today and Whitley may be able to back into the rotation… Who did it?

  • Deddard Jeter

    He’s on the DL and the season is officially over now. I’d sell what we can at the deadline and build for next season. Dump these old veterans hitting .220 and call up some of these kids to see what they can do.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      The first name of your handle answers the logic you used to make this comment.

  • tom

    15 day DL stats tonight so it means he wont be available until 28th without 4 day break or 24th with 4 day break. Not sure if 4 day break counts but whatever.

    Whitley to start 2 or 3 games before Tanaka comes off the DL as it sound logical.

    • trr

      It counts.

  • Yan Solo

    I’m starting to really loathe the internet more and more each day. Sucks the life and fun out of everything. I hope supine day else understands what I mean by this.

    • Yan Solo

      somebody…
      supine day(?!) (wtf autocorrect! Hit submit too fast…)

  • fred robbins

    shout out to Jorge— my reply to you was so many comments ago, I figured I should post one current- that you might see. Not sure if you go back through all these comments to see if there are specific replies…but anyway– thanks for the reference:)

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Sure, why not. We’re all on Planet Doom tonight.

      *raises stale beer*

  • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

    We know nothing yet about the MRI results. No one has reported any doctor has reviewed it. All orthopedists are at a conference, but radiologists regularly reports on the results. All we can do now is hope. Of course the issue is always, why the inflammation?

  • Jeff G

    Any chance this is a ruse?

    He gets the rest he probably needs. They put him on the DL and can bring someone in to fill his spot. He misses maybe 2 starts due to the break AND he doesn’t have to pitch in the All-Star Game?

    Just a theory…

    • Yan Solo

      Anything’s possible. And with his lesser starts of late, he does need rest. But if you’re the Yankees fighting for the division you don’t put your best pitcher on the shelf if he is in fact healthy and you’ve managed him to a t so far in his transition. Bad offense needs their best pitcher for every possible win opportunity. Hopefully, it is just mild inflammation needing rest and it comes at the best possible time.

    • JGYank

      Don’t think so. Whitley would have to start in his place most likely and I don’t think they want that. Unless they have a deal in place…

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      When have you ever seen it be a ruse?

  • hornblower

    Time to promote all those non-top 100 players from AAA and see what they can do.

    • Old Man Time

      It’s painfully obvious you didn’t learn a damn thing about those Top 100 lists the other day.

      • hornblower

        Nope! I think they are nice for pundits and Baseball America but potential and profiling are only useful if you don’t watch the games. I believe in scouting and metrics but doing it on the field is the best measure of potential.

        • Old Man Time

          Enjoy being willfully ignorant.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    So we now can remove “it’s just precautionary” from the equation.

    The Avett Brothers sang about the three words “I and Love and You.” I’d like to sing about “No and Structural and Damage” tomorrow

    • Yankee$

      Hmm, doesn’t ring a bell. Can you hum a few bars for me?

  • Ramondo

    Now Beltran is hurt again!

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Facial contusion after being hit with a BP ball. Calm down.

  • steved fl

    im not gonna shit the bed just yet. I thought i read that his velocity is not down,. Thats a good thing. So yeah maybe just a strain and sore. give him the 15 days to rest it. fingers crossed. as far as Beltran( what a mistake) wasnt he always hurt with the Mets? especially when they wernt doing well?

  • Mike Myers

    Beltran and Gardy out of the lineup too now….

    The 80s Yankees are back!

  • Nate

    Figures. This has been such a shit season that it figures that we might lose the lone bright spot.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I will have a negative nancy moment here and say that waiting to here about this because Dr. Ahmad is at a conference is pretty bush league at face value.

  • qwerty

    I was worried about this being a possible issue with Tanaka before the season, even if he turned out to be legitimate.

  • Mick taylor

    Last night before this news broke, I said yanks should sit down tanka for at least 10 days. Ialso said it was stupid girardi let I’m pitch that complete game

  • ObS

    Just a thought but Peavy would be your best starter tomorrow if you had a prospect to give. oh wait… never mind.

    • oldguy

      The team saying they will wait until the doctor returns from Seattle and examines Tanaka is NOT good news. The MRI is read by a radiologist who issues a report. If the report showed nothing major, they would surely say so….they would not be waiting a few days for the doc to do his own exam. They are hoping the doc will have a different view of the MRI then the guy who did the report…and that doesn’t happen very often. And no,,,,I’m not a doctor…just a lawyer.