Joe Girardi had no answers Sunday regarding Masahiro Tanaka and when his ace would make his next start for the Yankees, leaving the manager wondering how his starting rotation would shake out leading into the playoffs and a probable one-game Wild Card playoff next Tuesday.
Now, according to the New York Daily News, Girardi said Tanaka will return to the mound Wednesday against the Red Sox, lining the righthander up to start the do-or-die game — if necessary.
Tanaka sustained a Grade 1 right hamstring strain Sept. 18 running to first base against the Mets and the Yankees were hopeful he'd start either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday against the Red Sox — helping Girardi to figure out his starting rotation heading into the post-season.
Tanaka did fielding drills and threw Monday afternoon, passing the final tests for Girardi to fit him back into the rotation after missing a start with the sore hammy.
Girardi said Tanaka will not have any restrictions Wednesday as far as pitch count.