When the Yankees were drawing the map on their rotation during Spring Training, they were touted as having one of the best rotations in baseball. Fast-forward to July 10 and they had lost 80% of their rotation; Masahiro Tanaka being the latest blow. Dr. Chris Ahmad would evaluate Tanaka–but he’s in Seattle for an orthopedic convention until next week, which is the reason why CC Sabathia hasn’t seen him of yet. There is one thing the Yankees know; Tanaka’s elbow is sore and he was placed on the DL with ‘inflammation’, although they’re not sure of how serious it is.
“It’s obviously soreness,” Girardi said. “I’m not saying it’s a significant injury. There’s soreness and he must have felt that it was affecting him a little bit.”
Brett Gardner was supposed to talk about his injury (mild abdominal injury) but when he heard the news on Tanaka, he immediately worried for his teammate. From Gardner’s observation, Tanaka’s a very special player and he’ll be missed if he has to stay out of the rotation for an extended period of time.
“You just hope and pray that we get good news, that it’s something minor,” Gardner said. “You worry about anybody, but he’s pretty special, what he’s been able to do the first half of the season. I think anyone could tell watching him last night; I don’t know when his arm was bothering him or how long it’s been bothering him, but he obviously wasn’t himself. Hopefully we get good news.”
The Yankees are hoping for the best, but let’s face it–the Yankees are in trouble if they have to be without Tanaka for any portion of the season. It’s time for players to step up and hold down the fort until Tanaka could come back.