CLEVELAND — The Yankees' battered rotation may have suffered the most crucial loss of all.
Rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka, who is second in the AL with a 2.51 ERA, went on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. He had an MRI exam in New York on Tuesday.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi admitted he's concerned about Tanaka's prognosis.
"You're always worried when you have a guy go back for an elbow MRI," he said. "It would be a big loss."
The Yankees have also lost LHP CC Sabathia and RHPs Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova to injuries. Sabathia isn't expected back this season.
Also, Yankees RF Carlos Beltran was scratched after suffering a facial contusion during batting practice, when a ball caromed off the batting cage and hit him. And LF Brett Gardner was scratched with a lower abdominal strain.
Dodgers partly liable in beating
LOS ANGELES — A Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium won his negligence suit against the Dodgers, but former owner Frank McCourt was absolved by the jury. The total means the Dodgers were ordered to pay $15 million, according to a plaintiff's attorney. The jury found that Bryan Stow suffered damages for economic losses and pain and suffering totaling about $18 million but divided responsibility for his injuries among the team and the two men who beat him. Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are both serving lengthy prison terms for the attack.
OBITUARY: Tom Veryzer, who played a dozen years in the majors and was the Tigers' shortstop before Alan Trammell took over in the late 1970s, died this week in Long Island, N.Y. He was 61.
BLUE JAYS: 1B Adam Lind has a non-displaced fracture in his right foot and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
CARDINALS: RHP Joe Kelly is set to return to the rotation Friday from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him nearly three months.
CUBS: 2B Arismendy Alcantara, one of the team's top prospects, was called up from Triple-A Iowa to fill in for 2B Darwin Barney, who went on paternity leave.
RED SOX: C A.J. Pierzynski, 37, who signed a one-year, $8.25 million deal in December, was designated for assignment. Christian Vazquez, considered one of the minors' top defensive catchers, was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket.
ROYALS: LF Alex Gordon was scratched from the lineup against the Rays because of a sprained right wrist and is scheduled to have an MRI exam today. … LHP Jason Vargas was hospitalized to have an appendectomy a day after starting at the Trop.