Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka ‘all good’ after hit in head by line drive

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Just minutes after the Yankees opened spring training 2.0 in The Bronx, Masahiro Tanaka suffered a frightening injury when he took a line drive off the right side of his head off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton during a simulated game Saturday.

Tanaka immediately fell on the mound, and action stopped as trainers rushed to the mound. He stayed down for approximately five minutes before sitting up. He was helped to his feet and walked off the field with the assistance of two trainers.

Tanaka was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation and testing. The Yankees announced afterward that Tanaka was “alert, responsive and walking under his own power,” and the team announced later in the evening that Tanaka had been released from the hospital and would enter the concussion protocol.

“I appreciate all the support,” Tanaka wrote on Twitter. “I feel it a bit right now, but I’m all good. Going to try to get back on the mound ASAP! Thanks again for all the encouraging words!”

Tanaka faced Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres before Stanton came to the plate, and Stanton doubled over as soon as the ball hit Tanaka. Stanton knows all too well the effects of being hit in the face, as he suffered a fractured jaw when he was drilled by a Mike Fiers pitch in 2014 when Stanton was with the Marlins.

“It stops you in your tracks,’’ manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s definitely a moment that gets your attention in a big-time way.”

It was a disastrous opening for the Yankees. Players started to report Wednesday following the three-month layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic followed by the labor dispute between MLB and the players association.

“It was horrible,’’ said Jordan Montgomery, who was finishing warming up before taking the mound. “To look over and see everyone huddled around him.”

When the workout resumed several minutes later, Montgomery replaced Tanaka, pitching behind an L-screen, and most of the players who had been scattered around the field had moved into the dugout.

Montgomery said he requested the screen following Tanaka’s injury.

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