Frightening moment NY Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is hit in the head by a line drive by Giancarlo Stanton and falls to the ground
- New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a line drive by slugger Giancarlo Stanton during a Saturday practice session.
- Tanaka, 31, crashed to the ground and stayed there for about five minutes
- Trainers rushed to help and seemed to check his eyesight
- His teammates were silent, and some took a knee when Stanton reacted with horror
- The Japanese star was helped to run down the field when another pitcher warmed up
- It happened just minutes after the first official training of the team’s summer camp
The first official summer camp training of the New York Yankees was horrified on Saturday when pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a line drive from batter Batman Giancarlo Stanton.
The terrifying scene happened just minutes later live batting practice and caused right-handed Tanaka, 31, to collapse to the ground for about five minutes before sitting up.
Tanaka’s hat flew away and he immediately fell to the ground, his head in Yankee Stadium.
Trainers ran quickly to Tanaka and seemed to check his eyesight, as Stanton, too, fell to the ground, keeping his head anxious.
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The horrifying moment when pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is on the field after being hit by a ball from the stroke of Yankees Giancarlo Stanton during a baseball practice at Yankee Stadium on Saturday
They seemed to be treating the right side of his head before Tanaka got up and walked out of the field with help.
Stanton, who had broken his jaw in 2014 by a high-speed fastball, leaned forward on home plate and watched motionless.
New York star Aaron Judge repeatedly waved behind home plate and asked a video journalist to stop taking pictures.
Yankees players, some of which still stretch at the beginning of the club’s first official practice since Major League Baseball set an abbreviated 60-game schedule last month, stood or kneeled.
Tanaka was cared for by the team’s medical staff after being hit in the head by a line drive from the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting training
Giancarlo Stanton responds after his at bat hit Masahiro Tanaka during Saturday’s practice
Stanton was the third batter Tanaka saw to start the session and there was no protective screen.
The music played through the sound system was turned off and a screen was placed in front of the mound.
Pitcher Jordan Montgomery started to warm up and started throwing to the hitters five minutes after running from Tanaka.
Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames placed a screen for the mound before left-handed Montgomery started facing hitters again.
Tanaka was 11-9 last season with an ERA of 4.45. The Japanese star is 75-43 in six years with the Yankees.
No update was available on any injuries he sustained.
Video of the accident shows Tanaka rocking his head while Stanton also falls to the ground
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka delivered a pitch just before it was hit
Trainers quickly ran to Tanaka and checked his vision before leaving the field
Tanaka is helped out of the field by medical team staff. There is no update on any injuries
The incident marred the Yankees’ first official training since the coronavirus pandemic ended the sport in March.
MLB teams relaunched “ spring ” training on Friday pending the 60 game season of the league starting later this month, while several members of the Boston Red Sox have already tested positive for coronavirus.
The Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves were among the other teams that returned to the field on Friday.
Of course, due to the ongoing pandemic that affects almost all aspects of American life, some adjustments are being made. Some players wore masks, while nearly all staff members covered their faces and hands while disinfecting the equipment.
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