Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list for what is described as elbow inflammation.
The Yankees declined to divulge the exact nature of Tanaka’s injury because he has yet to be examined by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad.
Tanaka had an MRI Wednesday after complaining of elbow soreness following a subpar performance in Tuesday night’s 5-3 Yankees loss to the Indians.
He uncharacteristically struggled with his control and surrendered two long home runs in successive innings.
Tanaka was 11-1 with a league-leading 1.99 ERA and was averaging 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
But in the four starts since, three of which came on four days’ rest, Tanaka was 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA, five home runs allowed and 22 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi downplayed the effect of pitching on a standard big league schedule for Tanaka’s decline.
“I don’t know; it’s hard to say,” Girardi said. “It’s the first time that I think he’s gone a couple of starts like this on five days, so it’s an adjustment.”