Yankees place pitcher Tanaka on paternity leave list

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Yankees place pitcher Tanaka on paternity leave list
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The New York Yankees placed right-hander Masahiro Tanaka on the paternity leave list.

Tanaka, who was scheduled to start against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, returned to New York for the birth of his baby girl on Friday. He’s 3-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 13 starts.

The Yankees recalled left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The moves were announced before Saturday’s game. The team didn’t immediately announce their pitching plans for Sunday, the finale of a three-game series.

Cortes has made four relief appearances with the Yankees this season, with no record and a 4.91 ERA.