Masahiro Tanaka recently returned to Japan with his family, in fear of contracting the coronavirus.
Having been in Florida following the suspension of the baseball season, the Yankees starting pitcher revealed on Twitter that he traveled back to his homeland in late March because he believed he, his wife and two children were in “danger” of potentially becoming infected with COVID-19.
Tanaka, 31, said no one in his family is showing any symptoms of the disease, but they would self-quarantine for two weeks in Japan, as the government requests.
“As we enter Japan from the United States, where the infection of the new coronavirus is spreading, we have no symptoms [currently], but can we still infect anyone without knowing it?” Tanaka said in the tweet, according to a translation.
“While living in… Florida after the camp was interrupted, there was an event that made me feel danger [being close to] the infection with the new coronavirus, so I decided to return home with due care. We are currently waiting at home for two weeks, as requested by the Japanese government.”
Despite Florida’s vulnerable elderly population, Gov. Ron DeSantis first enacted a statewide stay-at-home order Wednesday. Tanaka’s other home, in New York City, is in the American epicenter of the crisis.
Tanaka, who is due to be a free agent following the 2020 season, had continued working out at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa after spring training was suspended on March 12.
Days later, Tanaka seemed aware the whole season could eventually be scrapped.
“It’s all guessing,” Tanaka said. “We don’t know what’s gonna happen. I feel the most important thing right now is to try to strive to see the end of this. I’m not talking about baseball, but the whole thing.”