ST. PETERSBURG -- One day after surrendering a career-high four home runs, Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka underwent an MRI that revealed a small flexor mass strain in his right forearm.Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Tanaka will miss his next scheduled start, which was to come on Monday against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Tanaka reported tightness in the forearm, but no pain, and pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that he was told the injury has nothing to do with Tanaka's ulnar collateral ligament.The Yankees are hopeful that five days of rest will permit Tanaka to make his final regular season start, which lines up for Oct. 1 against the Orioles in New York. Tanaka said that he expects to be on the mound for that game."I should be able to come back strong, so I'm not really worried," Tanaka said through an interpreter.Tanaka is the American League leader in ERA at 3.07, having gone 14-4 over 31 starts spanning 199 2/3 innings. Tanaka's 14 victories are a career high.Girardi said that he is not sure who will pitch on Monday in Tanaka's place.Matt Kelly and Bryan Hoch/MLB.com