By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

July 9th, 2014

Masahiro Tanaka Headed To DL

The day after the Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka had his worst start of the season against the Cleveland Indians in which he gave up five runs, he will now find himself headed to the disabled list with a sore elbow, as Yankees fans will collectively hold their breathes.

On Wednesday, Tanaka was sent to New York for an MRI on his pitching elbow, which is never a good sign especially with the high volume of injuries to pitchers in the past few years. The Yankees team doctor, Chris Ahmad is currently in Seattle and unable to examine Tanaka, so there will be some waiting with him at an orthopedic surgeon’s conference before we hear what the prognosis is for Tanaka.

Tanaka in his first 14 starts was outstanding and the talk of the town after a (11-1) record with an ERA of 1.99, but since then has looked very human in his last four starts. In his last four appearances, Tanaka is (1-3) with an ERA of 4.25, and has allowed five homeruns with just 22 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.

As expected and deserved, Tanaka was named to the All-Star team for the first time, but with a start on scheduled for Sunday, he wouldn’t be able to have pitched in the game if he wasn’t heading to the DL. Tanaka is now the fourth Yankees Starter to be placed on the DL, joining Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, and C.C. Sabathia, making Hiroki Kuroda the only starting pitcher for the Yankees to be left from the opening day roster.

Without Tanaka the Yankees rotation will be even more of a mess than it was with him in it, as realistically if anything major is wrong with Tanaka, causing him to be on the DL for more than the 15 days, it would spell doom for the Yankees 2014 season.