The line drive that struck Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka in the head Saturday — but miraculously did not cause a serious injury — came off the bat at 112 mph, teammate James Paxton told reporters Sunday.
Tanaka was hit on the right side of his head by a line drive off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, whose exit velocity — which measures the speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat — typically ranks near the top of the majors.
The 31-year-old righty immediately fell to the ground and lay motionless before being walked off the field with the assistance of the Yankees medical staff.
Tanaka was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation but has since been released and entered concussion protocol. A CT scan came back negative, manager Aaron Boone said.
“I appreciate all the support,” Tanaka wrote on Twitter Saturday night. “I feel it a bit right now, but I’m all good. Going to try to get back on the mound ASAP! Thanks again for all the encouraging words!”
Saturday marked the official start of spring training 2.0. Opening Day is expected to take place later this month.