New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took a scary line drive off of his head during the Yankees practice on Saturday.
The comebacker came from the bat of the hard-hitting Giancarlo Stanton at Yankee Stadium. Tanaka was throwing a simulated game during the team's first day back together for practice at 'Training Camp 2.0.'
Below is the video of the 31-year-old right-hander being struck. Warning: the video is graphic.
According to multiple reports, Tanaka was on the ground for roughly five minutes and immediately attended to by New York's training staff. Afterward, Tanaka was able to walk to the dugout with some assistance.
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The team announced Tanaka is alert, responsive and was sent to a local hospital for further evaluation and testing.
The six-year veteran has spent his entire United States baseball career with the Yankees. Last year he posted a disappointing 11-9 record and a 4.45 ERA. He is expected to be the Bronx Bombers' No. 2 starter behind offseason acquisition Gerrit Cole.
Already the Yankees lost one starting pitcher this season as Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery in the spring.
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Masahiro Tanaka hit in the head off a comebacker from Giancarlo Stanton originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington