Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka leaves start vs. Mets with stiffness in both hamstrings
New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka left Friday's game against the New York Mets after experiencing tightness in both hamstrings while scoring what was then the game-tying run in the top of the sixth inning.
Tanaka was in the midst of a one-hitter -- Brandon Nimmo homered leading off the game -- when he reached on a one-out error by Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Tanaka, who has just one hit in 24 big league at-bats, advanced to second on a single by Gleyber Torres and went to third when Brett Gardner drew a walk.
Aaron Judge followed with a fly to medium right field. Tanaka tagged up and easily beat Jay Bruce's off-target throw home for his first big league run, but the 29-year-old pitcher appeared to slow down on his final two steps and did not slide.
Jonathan Holder entered in the bottom of the inning. The Yankees said Tanaka would be re-evaluated Saturday.
Tanaka allowed one walk and struck out eight while facing the minimum 15 batters following Nimmo's homer.
Tanaka's injury conjured up memories of the career-altering injury suffered by former Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang during an interleague game almost exactly 10 years earlier. Wang, running the bases against the Houston Astros, partially tore a tendon in his right foot while scoring a run on June 15, 2008.
Wang missed the rest of the season. He was 54-20 with a 3.79 ERA in three-plus big league seasons prior to the injury but went just 14-14 with a 6.01 ERA the remainder of his career.