Five years after an elbow injury denied Masahiro Tanaka a chance to pitch in the All-Star Game as a rookie, the right-hander is getting a second chance.
Tanaka on Saturday was named as a replacement for Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, who was scratched with a left-shoulder issue.
In 2014, Tanaka not only was on his way to AL Rookie of the Year on July 8 with a 12-4 record, 2.51 ERA and 135 strikeouts to 19 walks in 129 ¹/3 innings, but also he was a strong candidate for the AL Cy Young award — until he suffered a small tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, which was not operated on.
This year, Tanaka doesn’t have anywhere near those numbers, but is the fifth Yankee going to Cleveland for Tuesday night’s event. He joins teammates DJ LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez, who were voted in as starters, and Aroldis Chapman, who was chosen with the pitchers, and Gleyber Torres, who needed two injuries to get on the team.