Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was sent for an MRI on Tuesday morning after complaining of pain in his right wrist. The MRI showed no damage in his wrist — only some mild tendinitis — but it did reveal a small muscle strain in his right forearm, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. Add that to the partially-torn UCL that Tanaka suffered last year.
Tanaka will be placed on the disabled list with no timetable to return to New York’s rotation. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday night that it will be at least a month, “conservatively.”
The 26-year-old right-hander from Osaka, Japan had registered a 3.22 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 24/7 K/BB ratio through his first 22 1/3 innings this season. He owns a stellar 2.84 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 165/28 K/BB ratio in 158 2/3 career major league frames.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.