Quick hit: Tanaka Has a Partially Torn UCL

Brian Cashman told reporters in Cleveland that Masahiro Tanaka has a small tear in his UCL.

Tanaka saw three doctors who all recommended rehab for his injury. Cashman added that none of the doctors recommended surgery because it’s such a small tear. So for now, Tanaka will have a platelet rich plasma injection next week, start rehab and if that’s successful, he could be pitching in six weeks. But if rehab isn’t successful, he’ll have to have the surgery.

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Game 91: Take the Series, Please

For those of you who missed the news, Yangervis Solarte has been called-up to replace Carlos Beltran and Carlos Beltran’s Broken Face™. Since being demoted to Triple-A last week, Solarte has hit the proverbial crap out of the ball, batting .600/.619/.850 with 3 doubles and a triple in 20 at-bats. Here’s hoping that...

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Quick hits: Beltran to the 7-day DL, Solarte and Tonight’s Lineup

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Zelous Wheeler RF
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Brendan Ryan 2B

You will notice that Yangervis Solarte is back and that’s because poor Carlos Beltran not only broke his face with that errant BP ball last night but he also has a concussion. He will be placed on the special 7-day DL and should be set to return after the All-Star break.

Solarte, who was sent down to triple A last week, will take Beltran’s place on the roster.

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The Slumping Mark Teixeira

When May came to a close, Mark Teixeira was batting .242/.370/.477 with 9 HR and a 136 wRC+ in 154 PA, and all was well in the world. In the depressed run environment that is 2014, those numbers–prorated over the full season, of course–would represent Teixeira’s best season since 2009, his first with the Yankees. And nothing about the numbers seemed terribly flukish, either. He was walking in 14.9% of his PA, his BABIP was .256, his HR/FB was 24.3% (which would represent a career-high, yet is not an absurd number), and his batted ball and plate discipline numbers were right in-line with career norms.

In short, it seemed like the Teixeira that we had grown to love in 2009 was mostly back. Or, at the very least, that the battered and broken Teixeira of 2012 and 2013 had healed.

Forty days later and 139 PA later, Teixeira is batting .241/.338/.470 with a 122 wRC+ on the year. What happened?…

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Exit Tanaka, Enter Phelps?

Phelps vs TOR

With Masahiro Tanaka on the DL, the pressure on the rest of the rotation has skyrocketed. It is crazy to think that David Phelps now has the second-most starts this season with the team of any Yankee in the current rotation. That would be fine if he was a consistent pitcher who could give the Yankees length and league-average-or-better run prevention on a regular basis.

The problem is that Phelps has been one of the more frustrating Yankee pitchers to watch this season. Just when you think he’s about ready to break out (2 runs allowed over 12 innings on May 17 and 22), he throws another clunker (3 straight outings of 5-plus runs from May 27-June 7).

Perhaps his latest stretch of solid pitching — 2-0 with a 3.16 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in his last five starts — means that he has finally turned the corner and will be a reliable arm in the rotation for the rest of the season.…

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Game 90: Paging the MASH Unit

For those of you who have yet to panic, Masahiro Tanaka is heading back to New York for an MRI. This is not all doom and gloom, as it is apparently related to his forearm, and not his elbow or shoulder. It’s not good, to be sure – but it’s … less bad. Well, possibly less bad, as Bob Klapisch points out that similar soreness in Matt Harvey‘s forearm was a precursor to his UCL tear.

In other less bad news, Brett Gardner is out of tonight’s lineup due to an abdominal strain. And I say “less bad,” because the initial concern was that it may have been a hernia.

If someone could go ahead and bubble-wrap Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira, and Brandon McCarthy prior to tonight’s game, that would be great. The All-Star break and the precious off-days therein cannot come soon enough…

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Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Jason Kipnis, 2B
Derek Jeter, DH Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Brian McCann, C Michael Brantley, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Carlos Santana, 1B
Brian Roberts, 2B Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Nick Swisher, DH
Zoilo Almonte, LF David Murphy, RF
Zelous Wheeler, 3B Yan Gomes, C
Brendan Ryan, SS Chris Dickerson, LF
Brandon McCarthy, SP Josh Tomlin, SP


Beltran was a late scratch – he took a foul ball to the face.…

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Quick hit: Tanaka to the DL

Joe Girardi just announced that Masahiro Tanaka will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.

Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com: “Tanaka had an MRI, results will be evaluated by team physician Christopher Ahmad. He complained of soreness in elbow.”

The complaints came after last night’s start in Cleveland.

Zoilo Almonte has been called up from Triple-A Scranton and no starter has been named for Sunday’s game which would have been Tanaka’s next turn in the rotation.

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UPDATED: Tanaka is heading back to NY for an MRI

Say it with me now:


The news of Masahiro Tanaka‘s MRI first came from George King of the New York Post.

After the game, Tanaka said he “didn’t feel that bad” and thought location was his bigger issue.
“I think a lot of it had to do with command of my pitches,’’ he said. “I feel a lot of my pitches were right down the middle and pretty easy for the batters to hit.’’


But on Wednesday there was enough concern for the Yankees to send the 25-year-old for the test.

So now, we will hold our collective breath and wait for news that nothing is wrong and we’re all freaking out for no reason. Right?!

UPDATE 4:10 P.M.: Brian McCann told reporters that Tanaka seemed fine last night and that he (Tanaka) was just having a bad night. It has also been reported that the issue is in Tanaka’s forearm which is better than his elbow or shoulder.…

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