Hold your breath. Say a few prayers. Get a box of tissues. Drink responsibly. Do whatever is needed to help you cope with the news the New York Yankees just released on ace pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. He is going back to New York for an MRI on his right arm. Yep, that’s his pitching arm.
Just when things did not seem like they could get worse for the Yankees, they learned today things could. Things could get far worse. The man who is credited for keeping the Yankees in the tight American League playoff race could be seeing time on the disabled list. The list has taken many names already including pitchers CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova.
Tanaka reportedly told the team he felt discomfort in his pitching arm after his worst start of the season against the Cleveland Indians, pitching 6.2 innings giving up 5 ER, striking out five. If results come back bad for the rookie sensation, that will leave many throwing their towels in on the season for the Yankees who are not used to playing golf in month of October.
It would be hard to see the team compete with no starting pitching with Sabathia and Nova both likely done for the season and things always questions with Pineda. The best news the Yankees can get is the results are negative and he needs some rest, maybe 15-day DL at the least. They cannot afford to lose him for a long haul if they look to compete with some of the best teams in the American League.
Whatever it is the fans and front office does that gets them through tough times, do a little bit more of it. It may be time to do it with the latest news on Tanaka. The season may have just gotten even longer.