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.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.