Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he believes Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (strained hamstrings) could return by the All-Star break, reports Sweeny Murti of WFAN.
Tanaka was been placed on the 10-day DL after getting injured in Friday night's game against the Mets.
After reaching base in the top of the sixth inning, Tanaka tagged up on an Aaron Judge fly ball to right field. During the sprint to home plate, Tanaka can be seen pulling up a little bit as he scored.
He went into the tunnel after walking back into the dugout, and manager Aaron Boone made the call to end his night. Jonathan Holder took over for him in the sixth.
The Yankees have diagnosed Tanaka with mild strains of each hamstring.
Ronald Torreyes has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace him.
The Yankees are set to navigate their second extended injury to the rotation this season with Tanaka straining not one, but both hamstrings.
The Yankees have been without Jordan Montgomery since the beginning of the season and he is now ruled out for the remainder of 2018 and part of 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery earlier this week. Tanaka's fate is nothing like Montgomery's, but he will be out for what was described as "weeks" with Boone suggesting the right-hander might be able to come back before the All-Star break.
Domingo German has spelled Montgomery and the results have been inconsistent. There is talent there, however German needs to work on his craft and having to do it in the majors is not optimal. In replacing Tanaka, there is a chance that everyone's "favorite," Luis Cessa, who is rehabbing, but could be ready for Tanaka's turn. Or, the Yankees could call upon Jonathan Loaisiga, a Double-A righty that is on the 40-man roster who has impressed this season with 54 strikeouts in 43 innings while walking just four batters.
Of course, the Yankees can begin a more aggressive search of the trade market, but it being early June means that the market is far from developing. As such, it seems the in-house options will have to do for at least a few spins through the rotation.