The New York Yankees placed right-hander Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with inflammation in his right shoulder.
Right-hander Giovanny Gallegos was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Tanaka’s roster spot. Rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery, who was recalled from Scranton on Friday to take the place of injured CC Sabathia, will start against Boston on Sunday night.
Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka informed the team after his start on Wednesday that his right arm felt “tired” from his shoulder to his fingers. Girardi said team doctors determined there is “nothing structural…but we decided he needs a break.”
“You can MRI every pitcher and you’re gonna find some inflammation somewhere,” Girardi added, per the New York Daily News. “I don’t think it will be too long. I feel pretty good about him coming back shortly after he can come off (the DL).”
Tanaka walked a career-high five batters while lasting just four-plus innings in an 11-5 victory over Toronto on Wednesday, raising his ERA to a career-high 4.92 to go with an 8-10 record. It signals the latest setback clouds his future with the Yankees. Tanaka can opt out of the finale three years and $67 million of his $155 million contract after the season, but has dealt with multiple arm issues over the past two seasons.
His placement on the DL is retroactive to Thursday, and Tanaka and Girardi are hopeful it will be a short stint. He had been scheduled to open the Subway Series against the Mets on Monday, with reliever Bryan Mitchell a candidate to take Tanaka’s turn in the rotation.
The Yankees are now without injured three injured starters: Tanaka, Sabathia and Michael Pineda, who is out for the season following Tommy John surgery.