Masahiro Tanaka sounded fairly guaranteed he will don a protecting insert in his hat Saturday evening when he would make his initially begin of the season against the Purple Sox.
And he was adamant that he will not be spooked by the memory of obtaining hit in the head on July 4 by a Giancarlo Stanton liner that was clocked at 112 mph and remaining him with a concussion.
“When I went on the mound at Scranton I did not consider of it at all,’’ Tanaka claimed on a Zoom call Friday afternoon prior to the Yankees’ 5-1 win around the Purple Sox. He confronted hitters at the Yankees’ alternate website previously this week. “That claimed, I feel I should be good.’’
As for the insert that will be worn on right aspect of his hat in the space exactly where the ball struck him and sent him to the dust, Tanaka stated it was proposed by the healthcare workers.
“I consider I will use that in the recreation [Saturday]. I didn’t know about it. It was the trainers who advised and desired to know if I wished to try this on,” Tanaka explained. “I was on board with that and I did check out it on. It in fact turned out it didn’t bother me at all. You type of overlook that it is even in there. So that is when I felt this may well function and also it provides me peace of head, of course and it will guard me in a perception, far too. That is why I most possible use that in [Saturday’s] recreation.’’
Asked how deep he could go versus the Purple Sox, Tanaka mentioned right up until he is taken off from the video game.
“I am not positive how numerous pitches I will be specified. I guess we will see. Just compete on the mound right up until [Boone] usually takes the ball absent from me,’’ Tanaka reported.
In addition to lacking time because of to the concussion, Tanaka has been faced with the issues of doing work close to the hurdles that COVID-19 has offered.
“Given the condition we are in it is demanding but each individual one participant is in the same condition,’’ Tanaka stated. “So there is really no justification for that. My state of mind for that is just to go out there and compete and be the best edition that I can.’’
With COVID-19 hitting the Marlins difficult and forcing them and the Phillies to pause their seasons and the Cardinals-Brewers game Friday evening to be postponed, Tanaka resolved the concern.
“I feel like this was practically expected. In that sense I am not overly shocked or extremely worried but clearly it is a concern that this is happening,’’ Tanaka mentioned. “I assume it is form of a reminder that we genuinely have to have to be dependable in the motion and habits we get.’’