Masahiro Tanaka’s hamstring injury doesn’t seem to be too serious. Sure, he was held out of last night’s start, but that’s to be expected right now. Tanaka needs to be fresh for the postseason, which likely will start October 6 for the Yankees.
Tanaka is supposed to see a doctor today to determine when he is able to come back.
October 6 – the date of the American League Wild Card Game – is a Tuesday. Yankees are still 3.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays and can’t seem to overcome the hurdle known as the Blue Jays this season.
Part of me is relegating to the Yankees to the Wild Card Game even though there is still time left. Yankees and Toronto both play some pretty bad teams the rest of the way.
So this all comes down to what should the Yankees do about Tanaka?
At this point, there is no other pitcher I would rather see on the hill for the Yankees in the first game of their postseason other than Tanaka. I wouldn’t recommend saving Tanaka until the Wild Game because that’s nearly two weeks away, and Tanaka hasn’t pitch in a week already.
Yankees shouldn’t rush Tanaka back. Getting in the postseason is important, but not at the expense of losing their best pitcher.