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VIDEO: Brett Gardner on Gerrit Cole.
VIDEO: Brett Gardner on Gerrit Cole.
VIDEO: Longtime Yankee Brett Gardner talks about his decision to play this season.
Video of Aaron Boone talking about Masahiro Tanaka being hit in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive. Boone also revealed that DJ LeMahieu and Luis Cessa are self-isolating at home after having tested positive for COVID-19.
Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was released from a hospital Saturday after taking a line drive off his head during a simulated game at Yankee Stadium. Manager Aaron Boone said Tanaka will be placed in the concussion protocol.
Excellent news! Masahiro Tanaka has been released from the hospital.
Aaron Boone said that Tanaka is doing well after undergoing a battery of tests at the hospital. He also said that DJ LeMahieu and Luis Cessa (who authorized him to release the info) tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake protocol to get into camp started.
When a pitcher gets hit in the head by a line shot as Masahiro Tanaka did Sat., it raises the issue of protection. As ESPN has reported, MLB/the players union have jointly approved 2 safety devices, but pitchers never embraced them. They can opt for any protective headwear, as long as MLB doesn't consider it to interfere with competition or licensing agreements. A Safer Sports Technologies hard-shell cap insert - untested by MLB/the union - is worn by a handful of pitchers.
The best closer who ever lived changed the course of his career forever with eight shutout innings on Independence Day, 1995.
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head with a line drive during today's sim game. He is currently alert, responsive and walking under his own power. He is being sent to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation and testing.
Here is Masahiro Tanaka being helped off the field after spending several minutes down on the mound. Tanaka was hit on the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu and Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez are among a host of MLB players who have tested positive for the coronavirus, it was revealed Saturday.
VIDEO: The Yankees released this footage of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge taking batting practice at Yankee Stadium today.
Zack Britton: "I feel good. I feel like if we had to play right now I could pitch and be fine, just based on the work that I've done at home. I can definitely benefit from these next couple of weeks, getting back in the competitive atmosphere again. I think that's the biggest thing for guys, being at home and away from Major League stadiums and Major League-caliber players, just getting back in the swing of things"
Gerritt Cole on deciding with his wife Amy that he'd play this season, even though they just welcomed their first child: "I certainly have confidence in my teammates and the staff, the Yankees, to keep us safe. My gosh, we worked like five months on this protocol, with a lot of outside counsel, so both of us want me to play. If there's obviously something that would that would put us in danger we may adjust, but I have faith that we can get through this and get through it safely."
Gerrit Cole on the Yankees still being considered one of the favorites: "We liked our chances in February, not coming out of the gate 100% healthy, so I gotta say that we really like our chances coming out of the gate 100% healthy. We're bullish on it... 60 games,162 games... when it comes down to it, players just want to compete and get after it."
Gerrit Cole on his preparation during the hiatus: “There's kind of a fine balance of not trying to throw useless bullets, but also trying to maintain some of that stress so that you can keep the tissue activated and keep the body repaired to be able to ramp up really quickly. I've responded really well to the three innings yesterday so I think the work that I put in up to this point has prepared me really well.”
A week before the official opening of NBA training camps ahead of the July 30 restart, some teams are already back in action.
Gordon Damer fills in for Rick, Chris & Dave on Fourth of July weekend to talk about Washington changing their football team's name and whether the Yankees should expect to see fans in the stands this season.
Gerrit Cole: "There is only gonna be one Coronavirus World Series champion; and so that's unique in and of itself. I don't see why you wouldn't want to take that trophy home."
Gerritt Cole announces that he and his wife Amy just welcomed their first child, Caden Gerrit Cole. Caden was born on June 30th. Cole: "Gosh, I can't stop staring at him!"