Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Quick Hit: Tanaka Likely To Start In Boston Saturday

The New York Yankees took a risk worth taking on Sunday when they allowed Masahiro Tanaka to pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays. This was the first time Tanaka had thrown since his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament on July 8 of this year. In the game Tanaka looked rusty yet effective in his 5.1 innings pitched but did more than enough to get his 13th victory of the season.

Tanaka is now likely to get one more start this season for one more test on his ailing elbow and that start will come in Fenway Park in the final series of the game. If Tanaka threw on regular rest he would start on Friday in the opener but I have a feeling New York will want to give him an extra day of rest of two. This puts Tanaka likely in a Saturday or Sunday start in Fenway before the season ends.

No matter where the Yankees start Tanaka it is great news that he is able to come through these starts with no pain, soreness, or abnormal fatigue. With the offseason ahead maybe just maybe the Yankees and Tanaka beat this thing, for now anyway. 

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