Tanaka’s official diagnosis is reportedly a mild concussion and he was apparently symptom free in New York on Sunday. Pretty good for a guy who took a line drive to the head reportedly measured at 112 mph.
Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head with a line drive from the bat of Giancarlo Stanton during a simulated game.pic.twitter.com/biProHbgeK— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) July 4, 2020
Tanaka had been sent to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and was released on Saturday. He posted a tweet indicating he was still feeling some effects, but overall felt good.
I appreciate all the support. 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!— 田中将大/MASAHIRO TANAKA (@t_masahiro18) July 5, 2020
Tanaka currently holds a rotation spot behind newly acquired ace Gerrit Cole, and will be looking to improve on last year’s 4.45 ERA effort. He is coming out of an offseason in which he had bone spurs removed from his pitching elbow.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the team “dodged a bullet” with Tanaka’s prognosis.
"He came in around noon today and was in really good spirits," Boone said. "Got a really good night sleep; no loss of appetite. We're encouraged where he is and we'll take it day by day, but hopefully it's not something that'll take too long. Since he got to the hospital, he's pretty much been symptom-free and feeling good ... [was] in good spirits popping around today, so I think at this point we're really encouraged."
The Yankees remain on track for a reported Opening Day matchup against the Washington Nationals on July 23.
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