NEW YORK-The New York Yankees have put right-hander Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation.
Tanaka reportedly told the team that his arm simply feels exhausted and there is no structural damage the team is concerned about. Nothing structural - structurally he comes out fine.
"Looking at myself in the mirror, I thought it would be hard to take the mound in my best condition so I talked to (management) about it", said Tanaka, who last went on the DL in April 2015 with right wrist tendinitis and a strained forearm.
This is the third trip to the disabled list for Tanaka in his four years with the Yankees. In 2015 he missed six weeks with a forearm strain.
Tanaka, who has battled elbow injuries over the past two years, is dealing with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, the Yankees said.
Tanaka said Saturday his shoulder felt sore and exhausted toward the end of the Blue Jays game.
"It's obviously frustrating to miss time, especially this time and where we're at making the playoff push", Tanaka said. "It was to a level that I thought I needed to mention it". Rather, Tanaka was feeling more tired. He has allowed a team-high 28 home runs, more than all but three other starting pitchers in the majors. In his most recent start, Tanaka had allowed a leadoff home run to Jose Bautista and then a walk to Josh Donaldson, giving him a career-high five walks and prompting Girardi to remove him from the game.
Sabathia was placed on the 10-day DL prior to New York's 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night, retroactive to August 9.