Whatever good vibes Friday’s New York Yankees victory over the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox conjured were dashed Saturday when the Yankees placed Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation. In a corresponding move, the Yankees brought up right-handed reliever Giovanny Gallegos:
Tanaka, who can opt out of his contract at year’s end, is having a rough season. He entered Saturday with career-worst marks in ERA, strikeout-to-walk ratio and home-run rate. He had pitched better as of late, holding opponents to a .546 OPS in his past three turns through the rotation, but that performance evidently wasn’t indicative of his health.
Tanaka is the second Yankees starter to hit the DL this week, joining CC Sabathia. The Yankees already recalled Jordan Montgomery to take Sabathia’s place, and it’s possible they’ll turn to Chance Adams to fill Tanaka’s vacancy.
Gallegos, meanwhile, ranks as New York’s 30th-best prospect. MLB.com’s report states he has a plus fastball and curveball, which could lend itself to a career as a setup man.