Masahiro Tanaka appears to be doing well after being struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.
The right-hander was released from the hospital Saturday evening and provided an update on his condition via Twitter.
“I appreciate all the support,” he said. “I feel it a bit right now, but I’m all good. Going to try and get back on the mound ASAP! Thanks again for all the encouraging words.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that “everything checked out well” on the tests done on Tanaka at the hospital.
“Masa had concussion-like symptoms that have since dissipated,” Boone told reporters. “He went through a battery of tests at the hospital; everything checked out well. He had a CT scan, and it’s negative. … I would say right now he’s doing well.”
Tanaka will continue to go through MLB’s concussion protocol, which requires him to be placed on the seven-day injured injured list if he is not completely symptom-free.
Tanaka, 31, will become a free agent at the end of the season and is expected to be a key piece in the Yankees’ rotation for the 2020 season behind newly-signed ace Gerrit Cole.
The incident occurred during a simulated game and did not include an L-screen to protect the pitcher. Tanaka collapsed onto the ground holding his head for several minutes before being able to walk to the dugout with some assistance from the trainers.
Jordan Montgomery requested the L-screen be placed in front of the mound when it was his turn to pitch later in the day.
Stanton, meanwhile, keeled over in the batter’s box and was clearly shaken up by what had happened.
“I don’t necessarily want to speak for G [Giancarlo], but he seemed to handle it as well as could’ve been expected,” Boone said. “Any time you see that on a baseball field, and then add a layer that it’s a teammate – that stops you in your tracks and you hope for the best. So that’s one of those real unfortunate scary moments that happens every now and again in our game.”