Tanaka was alert and sent to hospital after being hit on the head by a course of action on the bat of New York batter Giancarlo Stanton during live batting practice on Saturday, a frightening scene moments before the first official training of the team’s summer camp.
“It got some air,” said manager Aaron Boone.
Boone also announced that all-star indoor fielder DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa were positive for the coronavirus before traveling to New York and self-isolated at home.
Tanaka’s hat took off and he immediately collapsed to the ground and grabbed his head after being struck by Stanton’s return. The coaches quickly ran to the Japanese right-hander, who stayed on the ground for a few minutes before sitting down.
Tanaka left with the help of trainers. Boone said that Tanaka should be released from the hospital on Saturday night and that he will follow a concussion protocol.
“It’s kind of a weird accident, one in a million chance of happening,” said left-hander Jordan Montgomery, who replaced Tanaka on the mound moments later. “When it does, it’s terrifying. ”
Boone said Tanaka had symptoms of a concussion at the baseball stage, but they cleared up in the hospital. A CT scan was negative and the team stated that they were able to walk on their own.
Several hours later, the Yankees said that Tanaka had been released from the hospital.
Tanaka, 31, was 11-9 with a BPM of 4.45 last season. The Japanese star is 75-43 in six years with the Yankees.
Tanaka’s injury took an already bizarre day and made it gloomy.
The Yankees players showed up in New York on Wednesday for admission tests as Major League Baseball tries to start a stubby 60-game season on July 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
After spending a few days preparing the stadium to host training sessions for the team’s 60 players list, the Yankees met on Saturday for their first official day back. Most coaches and some players, including Stanton, wore face masks while the club performed exercises in the strangely empty stadium.
Closest to the stars Aroldis Chapman and wide receiver Gary Sanchez did not participate on Saturday. Boone said the two had travel problems that delayed their admission tests and are awaiting clearance.
LeMahieu and Cessa will not report until they clear the quarantine. Boone said that LeMahieu is asymptomatic and Cessa has mild symptoms. Boone did not say when each player was positive.
Things started strangely on Saturday, then got worse.
Before they even started training, some Yankees players were surprised halfway when someone set off fireworks outside the stadium. More blows resounded intermittently in the stadium during the July 4 session.
About 45 minutes after Tanaka was hit, a deafening siren went off inside the Yankee Stadium, drowning out the music played by the PA system for about 30 seconds. The emergency lights also flashed for approximately five minutes. The alarm sounded again a few seconds after the team announced that Tanaka was alert.
The moment with Tanaka, of course, was the most disturbing of all.
Stanton, who broke his jaw in a fastball in 2014, leaned over the plate before walking slowly toward the mound.
Meanwhile, the judge looked at a photographer behind the marble and told him to stop shooting.
The moment was broadcast live on a YES network feed and was quickly shared on Twitter, including by the SNY sports network, which broadcasts New York Mets games.
“I understand that people are doing their job and want to show everything we do,” tweeted Gleyber Torres. “I understand that, but to show that the exact moment that happened with our teammate does not seem fair to us, we feel terrible seeing the video in every part of social media.
“I understand that they must write down what happened but do not show this moment, praying for Tanaka! ”
The Yankees players, some still stretching at the start of the club’s first official training session, stood up or knelt in silence.
Stanton was the third batter Tanaka faced to start the session, and Boone said Tanaka asked to pitch without a protective screen – which is common for pitchers in simulated matches.
Montgomery requested that an L-shaped screen be installed before starting to strike batting approximately five minutes after Tanaka’s departure.
“Some people like to do it, others don’t,” said Montgomery. “I asked for it after that, just because I was a bit shaken. ”
Music played through the sound system was interrupted when Tanaka was lying on the mound, but was restored while Montgomery pitched. He played throughout the training.
Some pitchers for the Yankees had another scare during batting practice, when line training exploded in a group of players gathered along the left line. No one seemed to be hit by the ball.