8:59pm ET: Tanaka left the game with stiffness in both hamstrings, the Yankees announced. Okie dokie. He’s going to be evaluated tomorrow. Here’s the play:
8:45pm ET: Well this isn’t good. Masahiro Tanaka exited tonight’s game against the Mets with an apparent injury. He tagged up and scored on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, and replays showed him stumbling about halfway down the line. Did he feel a twinge? Did he stumble and hurt his ankle? Who knows. I suppose the good news is Tanaka was able to stay upright and score on the play.
The Yankees are already without Jordan Montgomery, who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week, plus spot starter Luis Cessa is out with an oblique issue as well. If the Yankees need a spot starter, the options are David Hale, Justus Sheffield, and Chance Adams. Maybe Jonathan Loaisiga?
If the injury is minor, the Yankees have an off-day Monday and will be able to push Tanaka’s next start back to next Saturday. That could be enough time to get over a rolled ankle or a hamstring tweak or something like that. We’ll see. The Yankees haven’t announced an update on Tanaka yet, so stay tuned.