Masahiro Tanaka struggled in a minor-league rehab start Wednesday at Triple-A, lasting only three innings while allowing three runs, and now the Yankees aren’t sure what their plan is for the injured right-hander.
He could be asked to make another rehab start and he could be activated from the disabled list to rejoin the Yankees’ rotation. Or as manager Joe Girardi told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York:
He could be anywhere. We have to see what we think is the right thing to do.
In addition to pitching through a partially torn elbow ligament Tanaka is on the disabled list with forearm and wrist soreness. He threw just 61 pitches Wednesday, so that alone would seem to suggest that he won’t be activated from the DL yet.