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For the New York Yankees (45-44), the unbearably frustrating 2014 season just keeps getting worse. On Wednesday, it was announced that star pitcher - and best Yankees' player - Masahiro Tanaka, will be unavailable for a while due to injury.
Tanaka has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, according to Yankees.com. He felt discomfort in his last start.
The New York Post reports that Tanaka will be flying back to New York for an MRI.
For a team with so many current struggles, Tanaka was one of the few major bright spots. He currently leads the league with 12 wins pitching to a 2.51 ERA.
Before Tanaka’s injury, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was already shopping for two starters, including being very close to landing the Chicago Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Now with Tanaka on the shelf, this marks four-fifths of the Yankees’ opening day rotation out due to injury (Tanaka, Sabathia, Pineda and Nova), leaving only Hiroki Kuroda healthy.