The ball that hit the Yankees Tanaka had an exit speed of 112 mph

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The line driving that hit Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on Saturday – but which miraculously did not cause serious injuries – started at 112 mph, teammate James Paxton told reporters on Sunday.Tanaka was struck on the right side of his head by an in-line drive off Giancarlo Stanton’s bat, whose exit speed – which measures the speed of baseball on leaving the bat – generally ranks near from the top of the majors.

The 31-year-old right-hander immediately fell to the ground and came to rest before leaving the field with the help of Yankees medical staff.

Tanaka was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for further assessment, but has since been released and subjected to the concussion protocol. A scanner came back negative, said manager Aaron Boone.

“I appreciate all the support,” Tanaka wrote on Twitter on Saturday evening. “I feel it a little bit right now, but I’m fine. Will try to get back on the mound as soon as possible! Thank you again for all these encouraging words! ”

Saturday marked the official start of spring training 2.0. The opening day is scheduled to take place later this month.

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