Masahiro Tanaka to pitch on Sunday

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Joe Girardi told reporters that Masahiro Tanaka is tentatively scheduled to pitch on Sunday in the Yankees game against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. If he does so, it will be his first start since July 8.

It’s a “let’s see what ya got” start, presumably. If he’s effective and feels good afterward, the Yankees can shut him down and feel at least reasonably confident that they can count on him for 2015. If not, well, there’s a good chance he goes under the knife and misses all of 2015. Which, if they had just done that back in July, he still would’ve missed almost all of the season anyway. So there was some value in waiting here.