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Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka struck in head by Giancarlo Stanton liner during simulated game

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New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka had to be helped off the field on Saturday after being hit in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive. Tanaka, who had been throwing a simulated game, stayed down for several minutes before being assisted to the clubhouse by two trainers.

The whole scene was captured and broadcast on YES Network as part of their coverage of the start of the Yankees’ second camp. Though we would advise against it, you can click here to watch it for yourself.

The Yankees tweeted an update on Tanaka’s status, noting that he is “alert, responsive and walking under his own power,” and that he was being sent to “NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation and testing.”

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Tanaka, 31, is set to enter his seventh season with the Yankees. In his first six years, he averaged 27 starts per pop and compiled a 113 ERA+ and 4.74 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Last year, he made his second career All-Star Game and led the Yankees in innings pitched.

Stanton, who reacted in horror, has gone through a somewhat similar experience before. He was hit in the face by a Mike Fiers pitcher in September 2014. He suffered multiple facial fractures and required both stitches and dental work as a result. One can only hope that Tanaka will walk away without similar injuries.

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The Yankees are reportedly scheduled to begin their season against the Washington Nationals on July 23. It’s unclear if that game will be played due to the state of the pandemic and the spread of COVID-19 across the country. Major League Baseball had originally planned on launching its 2020 season on March 26. The novel coronavirus forced the league to hit pause on those plans about two weeks prior, right along with the rest of the sports world.


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