Masahiro Tanaka was slated to start on Sunday for the New York Yankees, but the birth of his daughter on Friday may get in the way.
When New York Yankees fans hear that Masahiro Tanaka might miss a start, his fragile right elbow is the first thing that comes to mind. However, this time the Japanese pitcher is out of action for a positive reason—the birth of his second child on Friday.
Masahiro Tanaka is not currently with the team… he flew back to NYC… his wife gave birth to a baby girl earlier today. May not start Sunday as expected #yankees
— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) June 7, 2019
Yankees manager Aaron Boone, did leave the door open for Tanaka to return in time for his Sunday start. “We’ll see,” he told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert. “That’s another thing, when we get through today, we have to map it out talk to Masa and try to get a feel about when we’ll have him go.”
The newest addition to the Tanaka family is their first daughter. Masahiro and his wife Mai already have a three-year-old son.
If the Yankees do have to find a replacement starter for Sunday, they are possibly low on options.
The ideal choice would be either Chance Adams or Nestor Cortes Jr., both of whom pitched brilliantly in their last AAA outings. However, those starts came in a doubleheader on Jun. 5, which would give them only four day’s rest for a Sunday start in the Bigs.
Losers in four of their last five contests, the Yankees and their fans would love to see Tanaka pitch Sunday. But the game is in Cleveland, of all places.
No one will blame Tanaka if he chooses staying in New York with his newly enlarged family over flying back to a place that is the butt of many a comedy bit.