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Yankees lineup vs. Orioles - Tanaka apologizes for getting hurt


Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees head to Baltimore in hopes of putting all the bad news behind them.

The top of the order is Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Jacoby Ellsbury, with Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, and Brian Roberts following. Ichiro Suzuki, Yangervis Solarte, and designated hitter Kelly Johnson round out the order.

Following the announcement that he has a partially torn elbow ligament, Masahiro Tanaka actually apologized for getting hurt and not being able to help the team:

"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."

Amazing that he would do such a thing. It's ok, Tanaka, we know it's not your fault. Just be ok, please.