The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka’s first major league run should have been something to celebrate.
Instead, it benched him.
The New York Yankees put Tanaka on the 10-day disabled list before Saturday night’s 4-3 victory at Citi Field, a day after the pitcher strained both hamstrings running the bases during the Subway Series opener against the Mets.
“It’s not something that I normally do, or that pitchers in the American League normally do,” Tanaka said through a translator. “But again, doing interleague games and getting in the batter’s box, that’s part of baseball.”
There is no timeline for his return, but manager Aaron Boone thinks it’s possible Tanaka will be back before the All-Star break, which starts July 16.
Tanaka was scoring on Aaron Judge’s sacrifice fly during the sixth inning Friday night when he felt the stiffness. Tanaka was pulled after that, and the Yankees went on to win 4-1.
The Yankees recalled infielder Ronald Torreyes from Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre to take Tanaka’s roster spot.
Tanaka’s injury has made Boone consider how the Yankees can better prepare themselves for these type of interleague situations — risks, really — in the future. If it were up to Boone, however, National League teams would use the designated hitter in home games.
“I’m probably a little hypocritical in that aspect because I’ve always been a fan of both and that’s kind of been my stance,” Boone said.
“But being here right now, especially our team being set up to have a DH, yeah, I would love that.”
A 29-year-old right-hander in his fifth big league season, Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA in 13 starts. Tanaka missed a turn in September 2015 after straining his right hamstring while running to first after bunting at Citi Field.
But he’s still not blaming any rules.
“I’ve been doing this since I was a little kid,” Tanaka said. “So it’s on me that I got hurt.”
Nats’ Scherzer dealt rare loss
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brandon Crawford did something on Sunday that few hitters have done this season. He got the best of Max Scherzer.
Crawford went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer, and the Giants dealt Scherzer his first loss in more than two months, defeating the Nationals 2-0 to win the three-game series.
After Pablo Sandoval walked leading off the fourth, Crawford homered into the second deck in right for his eighth of the season.
“I threw good pitches to him. He put great swings on them. He wins, I lose,” Scherzer said. “That’s as simple as that. He’s hot. I have to be better than him. Today, he was great.”
Scherzer (10-2) had won nine straight decisions since his last loss on April 4.