Updated: Thursday, 10 July 2014 06:21 | By Agence France-Presse

Japan's Tanaka goes on injury list

Japanese rookie ace Masahiro Tanaka will miss at least two weeks of the Major League Baseball season after the New York Yankees placed him on the injured list.

Japan's Tanaka goes on injury list

Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 8, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio - by Jason Miller

The 25-year-old all-star pitcher was officially put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a problem with his right elbow. He is expected to undergo an MRI on the injury this week in New York.

The decision comes just one day after he had his worst start as a Yankee. He was tagged for a season high of 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings in New York's 5-3 loss at Cleveland.

Tanaka had given up three runs or less in each of his first 16 games since leaving Japan to sign a lucrative seven-year contract with the Yankees in January.

He allowed four runs in seven innings at Minnesota on July 3, though the right-hander was still able to pick up his MLB-leading 12th win of the season.

Tanaka has compiled a 12-4 record through 18 starts. He was selected to the AL squad for next week's all-star game.

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