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Yankees’ Tanaka Has Forearm Strain, Will Miss Next Start

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP)New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka will miss his scheduled start Monday at Toronto because of what manager Joe Girardi called a slight lower right forearm strain.

Girardi announced Tanaka’s strain before the Yankees’ game Thursday night at Tampa Bay. He said Tanaka won’t throw for five days but could start again before the regular season ends a week from Sunday.

Tanaka had an MRI exam Thursday, one day after he picked up his 14th win despite allowing four homers in the third inning of a 11-5 win over the Rays.

Tanaka pitches

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 5, 2016. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

“He has a really mild, mild strain close to his wrist,” Girardi told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Thursday. “We’re not really concerned about it. He’s not going to make his start. We would expect him to make the next one after that.

“It’s not something that we’re thinking, ‘This doom and gloom.'”

Tanaka is 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA this season.

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