Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Yankees hurler Masahiro Tanaka will not make his next scheduled start on Monday against the Blue Jays due to a slight strain in his flexor mass. Thankfully, it’s not near the elbow ligament. Tanaka will not throw for five days.
Tanaka struggled in Tuesday’s start against the Rays, allowing four solo home runs in the third inning, but he wound up with the win. On the season, he’s 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA and a 165/36 K/BB ratio in 199 2/3 innings. Tanaka is currently the American League leader in ERA, slightly ahead of Rick Porcello at 3.08.
While the Yankees have only a slight shot of overcoming their 8.5-game deficit in the AL East, they are 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot, so they’re still playing meaningful baseball and Tanaka’s absence will be felt.