Masahiro Tanaka sounded fairly certain he will wear a protective insert in his hat Saturday night time when he makes his first begin of the season in opposition to the Red Sox.
And he was adamant that he gained’t be spooked by the reminiscence of getting hit in the pinnacle on July four by a Giancarlo Stanton liner that was clocked at 112 mph and left him with a concussion.
“When I went on the mound at Scranton I didn’t consider it in any respect,’’ Tanaka mentioned on a Zoom name Friday afternoon earlier than the Yankees’ 5-1 win over the Red Sox. He confronted hitters on the Yankees’ alternate website earlier this week. “That mentioned, I believe I must be superb.’’
As for the insert that will be worn on proper facet of his hat in the realm the place the ball struck him and despatched him to the filth, Tanaka mentioned it was prompt by the medical employees.
“I believe I will wear that in the sport [Saturday]. I didn’t learn about it. It was the trainers who really useful and needed to know if I needed to strive this on,” Tanaka mentioned. “I used to be on board with that and I did strive it on. It really turned out it didn’t hassle me in any respect. You type of neglect that it’s even in there. So that’s once I felt this would possibly work and in addition it offers me peace of thoughts, clearly and it will shield me in a way, too. That is why I probably use that in [Saturday’s] recreation.’’
Asked how deep he may go in opposition to the Red Sox, Tanaka mentioned till he’s faraway from the sport.
“I’m not certain what number of pitches I will be given. I assume we will see. Just compete on the mound till [Boone] takes the ball away from me,’’ Tanaka mentioned.
In addition to lacking time because of the concussion, Tanaka has been confronted with the challenges of working across the hurdles that COVID-19 has introduced.
“Given the state of affairs we’re in it’s difficult however each single participant is in the identical state of affairs,’’ Tanaka mentioned. “So there’s actually no excuse for that. My mindset for that’s simply to go on the market and compete and be the very best model that I can.’’
With COVID-19 hitting the Marlins laborious and forcing them and the Phillies to pause their seasons and the Cardinals-Brewers recreation Friday night time to be postponed, Tanaka addressed the problem.
“I really feel like this was nearly anticipated. In that sense I’m not overly shocked or overly frightened however clearly it’s a concern that this is going on,’’ Tanaka mentioned. “I believe it’s type of a reminder that we actually have to be accountable in the motion and conduct we take.’’