Tanaka offers unnecessary apology

Masahiro Tanaka had a message for Yankees fans Friday:

“As recently announced from the team, I will be going through some treatment and rehab on my injured elbow over the next several weeks. I give everything I have every time I take the ball. With that, I also know that there will always be a risk of injury when playing this game that I love.

“Right now I feel that the most important thing for me is to keep my head up, remain focused on the task at hand and devote all my energy into healing the injury in order to come back strong.

“I want to apologize to the Yankees organization, my teammates and our fans for not being able to help during this time. I accept this injury as a challenge, but I promise to do everything I can to overcome this setback and return to the mound as soon as possible.”

I am sure Yankees fans did not feel an apology was necessary. Injuries can occur at any time, and no player wants to have to deal with them. Yankees fans are hopeful that Tanaka will respond to treatment and be back on the mound as soon as possible.

It was somewhat appropriate that the Yankees were in Baltimore Friday, which was the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s major-league debut. Ruth, a Baltimore native, was a 19-year-old left-handed pitcher for the Red Sox and allowed three runs (two earned) and eight hits in seven innings with no walks and one strikeout in earning his first big-league victory, 4-3, over the Indians July 11, 1914 at Fenway Park. At the plate, Babe was 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

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