Yankees to place Masahiro Tanaka (wrist) on 15-day DL
0:56 | MLB
Yankees to place Masahiro Tanaka (wrist) on 15-day DL
Wednesday April 29th, 2015

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendonitis in his right wrist and a right forearm strain, the team announced Tuesday, and could be kept out of action for at least one month. 

New York general manager Brian Cashman referred to Tanaka's forearm strain as "very mild," and not even significant enough to merit a classification of a Grade 1 strain. An MRI on the pitcher's right wrist revealed tendonitis, while an MRI on his right elbow showed no elbow damage, according to the YES Network. 

He will be shut down for between seven and 10 days, and if all goes according to plan, will rejoin the rotation in a roughly a month, the YES Network reported. Cashman did not rule out the possibility that the injury was a precursor to Tommy John surgery, the New York Daily News reported. 

Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka expects dip in pitching velocity

Tanaka had an All-Star 2014 season, going 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA over 20 starts. Through four starts in the 2015 season, Tanaka is 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA.

The Yankees signed the former Japanese League superstar to a seven-year, $155 million contract in January 2014. 

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.