I haven’t been writing about the Yankees for very long, so when a player apologizes for getting shelved, it’s relatively new to me. I read Hideki Matsui did something similar in 2006, but this is the second time I’ve actually been able to comprehend it; Mariano Rivera‘s injury being the first. Masahiro Tanaka‘s actions speak about the type of character he is; in fact, he released a statement about his injury just a little over an hour ago.
“I give everything I have every time I take the ball. With that, I also know that there will always be a risk of injury when playing this game that I love. Right now I feel that the most important thing for me is to keep my head up, remain focused on the task at hand and devote all my energy into healing the injury in order to come back strong. I want to apologize to the Yankees organization, my teammates and our fans for not being able to help during this time. I accept this injury as a challenge, but I promise to do everything I can to overcome this setback and return to the mound as soon as possible.”
I’m sure Yankees fans can’t wait to see Tanaka come back from this latest set-back. Trust me, the Yankees aren’t going to be the same without him.