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.
Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.
Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.
In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.