This won’t exactly give the Yankees peace of mind going into the offseason.
Masahiro Tanaka was solid in his first start in 10 weeks last Sunday against the Blue Jays, but he didn’t make it out of the second inning this afternoon against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. There’s no way to sugarcoat it here, he was flat-out awful.
Tanaka gave up seven hits and two walks over just 1 2/3 innings and ended up being charged with seven runs. He threw just 25 out of 50 pitches for strikes and his stuff didn’t look sharp or have much bite. Simply put, he didn’t have it.
Tanaka was diagnosed with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in early July, but doctors recommended him to try rehab over Tommy John surgery. We should know more about how he’s feeling after the game or tomorrow, but whether he’ll actually pitch for the Yankees next season remains a legitimate question.