Yankees to place Masahiro Tanaka on DL with wrist tendonitis
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.
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.