Masahiro Tanaka left Friday’s game against the Mets after the top of the sixth inning with an apparent injury.
Tanaka reached on a one-out error in the Yankees’ half of the sixth and came around to score on Aaron Judge’s sacrifice fly that tied the game at 1-1. But Tanaka took an awkward step as he ran toward home and then adjusted his stride to avoid the tag at the plate by Devin Mesoraco.
He walked back to the dugout and immediately went into the clubhouse. Tanaka was replaced on the mound in the bottom of the inning by Jonathan Holder. He suffered stiffness in both hamstrings and will be evaluated Saturday.
It had been a good night for Tanaka, who recovered from allowing a leadoff homer to Brandon Nimmo on his second pitch of the game to retire the next 12 batters in a row before a leadoff walk to Jay Bruce in the fifth.
Tanaka ended up allowing just one run on one hit, throwing 75 pitches and striking out eight.
In his first at-bat against Jacob deGrom, Tanaka belted a fly ball to center. In the sixth, he hit what should have been a routine grounder to Adrian Gonzalez, but the ball popped out of the first baseman’s glove as he ranged toward second, allowing Tanaka to reach.
He moved to second on Gleyber Torres’ single to center before Brett Gardner walked. Judge followed with a fly ball to right that was just deep enough to score Tanaka — but that may have come at a steep price for the Yankees and the right-hander.
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