Shoulder inflammation sends Tanaka to DL

August 12th, 2017

NEW YORK -- Right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to Thursday.

There is no structural damage, according to manager Joe Girardi, and Tanaka isn't expected to miss too much time. Instead, the injury was something that Tanaka said "gradually built up," and was caused more by fatigue than a specific incident.

"I felt some extra soreness there after the outing in Toronto [on Wednesday]," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I thought that it would affect my performance if I were to pitch on Monday."

The current plan is for Tanaka to rest his arm for about five days before he resumes throwing again. Girardi also said Tanaka does not need any shots to bring down the swelling. The Yankees believe rest is the best remedy in this case.

"I don't think this will be too long," Girardi said. "He needs a break."

News of Tanaka's injury comes just a day after the Yankees placed veteran left-hander on the 10-day DL with right knee inflammation, leaving two holes in the Yankees' rotation. Only a week ago, it looked as though the Yankees might have too much starting pitching after trading for and , given the success rookie has had this season.

Montgomery, who was in the rotation for much of the season, will start in Sabathia's place on Sunday night against the Red Sox. But the Yanks haven't named a starter for Monday's contest with the Mets, a game that Tanaka was scheduled to start.

Girardi said the leading candidates to start on Monday are right-handers and . The Yankees called up righty from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to serve as a long man in the bullpen and take Tanaka's place on the 25-man roster.

Another option to fill Tanaka's slot in the rotation could be right-hander Chance Adams, the Yankees' No. 3 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. Adams is on a tear in Triple-A this season, posting a 9-3 record with a 2.31 ERA in 17 starts. However, there has been no word on whether the Yankees are considering calling him up.

Tanaka first mentioned the soreness to Girardi on Thursday, the day after his start against the Blue Jays. In that outing, he labored through four innings of three-run ball (two earned), throwing 88 pitches.

Toward the end of that start, Tanaka realized his arm didn't feel right. At that point, he said, it started to affect his performance -- as he struggled to put batters away and lost some of his command.