Masahiro Tanaka hit by Giancarlo Stanton line drive during simulated game

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/9642/" data-ylk="slk:Masahiro Tanaka">Masahiro Tanaka</a> was hit by a line drive Saturday. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Masahiro Tanaka was hit by a line drive Saturday. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit by a line drive while throwing a simulated game Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

The incident was captured by YES Network. Giancarlo Stanton was at the plate and hit a line drive back at Tanaka. The team confirmed Tanaka was hit in the head.

Tanaka, 31, laid on the ground and was attended to by trainers. Tanaka needed assistance leaving the field, but was mostly walking on his own, according to Erik Boland of Newsday.

The Yankees said Tanaka was alert and responsive. He was sent to a local hospital for further evaluation, though was released just hours later.

Tanaka tweeted an update shortly after he was released from the hospital, promising everyone that he’s “all good.”

Following the incident, the Yankees moved the L screen out to the mound, according to Jake Seiner of the Associated Press.

While talking to reporters on Sunday, Yankees pitcher James Paxton said that the ball that hit Tanaka had an exit velocity of 112 mph.

Major League Baseball is hoping to begin the 2020 season in late July.

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