Drew Naylor, a 25-year-old right-hander in his sixth year in the Phillies system, underwent Tommy John surgery, the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb reports, and likely will be sidelined into 2012.
Naylor had been on the shelf with an elbow injury since the spring. He went 12-10 with a 4.63 ERA and a 113/44 K/BB ratio in 167 IP for Double-A Reading last year. He was on the Phillies’ 40-man roster, though he wasn’t regarded as a top prospect after his lack of progress the last two years.
A native of Australia, Naylor pitched in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, giving up three runs in one-third of an inning his only appearance.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.
DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.
After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.
With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.