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Improved Masahiro Tanaka back at Yankee Stadium on Sunday after frightening on-field moment

  • July 06, 2020

NEW YORK — One day after being struck in the head by a line drive, starter Masahiro Tanaka was back at Yankee Stadium “in really good spirits’’ on Sunday, according to Aaron Boone.

The Yankees manager said that Tanaka was diagnosed with a mild concussion, but he slept well at home and had no loss of appetite.

“I think all the signs are pointing that he really dodged a bullet there, obviously,’’ Boone said. “So, we’re encouraged where he is but we’ll take it day by day.’’

While there’s no schedule for when Tanaka might resume pitching, “hopefully it’s not something that will be too long,’’ Boone said.

Pitching in a simulated setting on Saturday, Tanaka was struck in the right side of the head by a Giancarlo Stanton liner estimated off the bat at 112 mph.

Tanaka stayed down for about 10 minutes and walked tentatively off the field, helped by medical staff.

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Taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Tanaka underwent several tests, including a CT scan, that came back negative. Though he’s currently in concussion protocol, Tanaka has not exhibited any symptoms since being admitted.

Tanaka was released from the hospital at about 8 p.m. Saturday, and was back at Yankee Stadium by noon Sunday.

Brett Gardner noted that Tanaka was “walking around, acting like his normal self’’ less than 24 hours after an immensely scary moment. “So, I’m hoping that he’s in the clear.’’

Boone is hopeful that Tanaka will be ready to slot into his rotation when the regular season begins on July 23, “but I don’t want to speculate too much’’ with a player still in concussion protocol. 

“You want to get through these next few days and make sure he’s symptom-free,’’ Boone said, “and able to do everything from an athletic standpoint without generating any symptoms.’’

Pete Caldera is the Yankees beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Yankees analysis, news, trades and more, please subscribe today and download our app.

Email: caldera@northjersey.com Twitter: @pcaldera 

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