The Yankees made the move Saturday before hosting the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox.
There probably are legions of Yankees fans responding to news that Masahiro Tanaka is on the disabled list with thoughts of "I knew it!" Right-hander Giovanny Gallegos was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill Tanaka's spot on the roster.
"I think I am getting better".
Having gone just four innings while issuing five free passes in his last start, it's clear that this issue has come up just recently for Tanaka.
A day earlier, the playoff-contending Yankees put starter CC Sabathia on the DL because of inflammation in his right knee. Tanaka reportedly told the team that his arm simply feels exhausted and there is no structural damage the team is concerned about.More news: Solar eclipse 2017: Here's how to view it without special glasses
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Both Tanaka and manager Joe Girardi expect it to be a short stay on the DL, describing the injury as "fatigue" and "soreness".
Tanaka being ready to pitch in two weeks or so isn't a huge deal because he's regressed from undisputed staff ace to unreliable during a 2017 season in which he's allowed five or more runs seven times in 22 starts.
"I think our plan right now is to rest it for a little bit", Tanaka said through a translator. The 28-year-old can come off the list on August 20 at the earliest.
The former Japanese ace is 8-10 with a career-high 4.92 ERA in 23 starts during an up-and-down season.