New York's Masahiro Tanaka to pitch wearing surgical mask
The practice of wearing surgical masks is common in Japan, despite strong evidence indicating that they do not work to prevent the spread of disease. The rookie hurler was spotted wearing one at Teterboro Airport earlier this year and, after NY Senator Chuck Schumer petitioned Major League Baseball on his behalf, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred relented.
"I had another coughing fit today," Manfred said. "And it made me think. If he's more comfortable sporting a mask, especially in Canada, so be it."
Tanaka is scheduled to pitch again Tuesday April 12th at Toronto.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. It first appeared on April 1, 2014.
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