Japanese pitching ace Masahiro Tanaka was transported to a New York hospital Saturday after being drilled in the head by a line drive during a New York Yankees training session.
Tanaka was felled by a hard shot up the middle off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, and was transported to New York Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation.
The incident happened on the Major League Baseball team’s first official day of workouts ahead of the start of the delayed American baseball season.
The 31-year-old was able to walk off the field at Yankee Stadium after being down on the turf for about five minutes while the team trainer attended to him.
The Yankees said Tanaka was “alert, responsive and walking under his own power.”
In six seasons with the Yankees, Tanaka is 75-43 with a 3.75 ERA, 947 strikeouts and 200 walks.
The Yankees have already lost one starting pitcher to injury, with Luis Severino having undergone Tommy John surgery a couple months ago.