It was a scary scene on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
During a simulated game, New York Yankees’ pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took a brutal line drive to the right side of his head off the bat of teammate Giancarlo Stanton.
Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head with a line drive from the bat of Giancarlo Stanton during a simulated game.pic.twitter.com/biProHbgeK
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The blow sent Tanaka to the ground for a reported five minutes, as training staff swarmed the 31-year-old and Stanton covered his face and kneeled down in horror. Video shows the pitcher walking off the field under his own power, but with assistance from Yankees staffers.
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Shortly after the accident, the Yankees announced Tanaka was alert, responsive and walking under his own power.
The pitcher was sent to the hospital for further evaluation and testing.
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