CLEVELAND (AP) - Yankees rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to elbow inflammation and has returned to New York to have an MRI on his right arm.
Tanaka, who leads the majors with 12 wins, allowed five runs and 10 hits - both career highs - in 6 2-3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night. The All-Star is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, but has lost three of his last four outings.
Catcher Brian McCann says "we're hoping for the best.
Tanaka began the season 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA, but hasn't been as effective in his last four starts, going 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA. He's allowed eight home runs in his last five starts.