A line drive off the bat of Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton struck Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka in the head Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
Trainers ran onto the field to tend to Tanaka, who remained on the ground for several minutes and then appeared dazed as he walked off the field with assistance.
Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head with a line drive from the bat of Giancarlo Stanton during a simulated game. pic.twitter.com/biProHbgeK— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) July 4, 2020
UPDATE: Tanaka is "alert" and "responsive" in the hospital.
RHP Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head with a line drive during today’s sim game. He is currently alert, responsive and walking under his own power. He is being sent to— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 4, 2020
NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation and testing.
UPDATE 2: Tanaka tweeted Saturday night that he was "all good."
I appreciate all the support. I feel it a bit right now, but I’m all good. Going to try to get back on the mound ASAP! Thanks again for all the encouraging words!— 田中将大/MASAHIRO TANAKA (@t_masahiro18) July 5, 2020
UPDATE 3: Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters Sunday that Tanaka was in the MLB concussion protocol but was able to rejoin the team at the stadium.
Stanton immediately recoiled when he saw the ball hit Tanaka. Stanton was hit in the face and seriously injured by a pitch in 2014.
The Yankees, like teams around MLB, are beginning summer camp to prepare for the delayed start of the 2020 season.
Tanaka is entering his seventh year in New York. He has been a teammate of Stanton for the past two campaigns.