Yankees not sure what to do with rehabbing Masahiro Tanaka

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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.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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