BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to make his next start on Saturday. That much we know.
The Yankees had always planned to give Tanaka an extra day of rest after his strong outing on Sunday against the Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field, which puts him in line to take the mound again on Saturday. It remains to be seen, however, where he will be pitching.
New York is scheduled to play Minnesota on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., a two-hour drive from the Yankees' Spring Training complex. Manager Joe Girardi indicated to reporters that Tanaka will pitch in that game rather than stay closer to home and throw a Minor League or simulated game.
"I'm not so sure what kind of game. A regular game? I think it's a regular game," Girardi said. "I think it's important for him, I do, to see the hitters and what he's going to be facing."
"For me, basically, it's wherever the manager puts me, and I'll just go out there and do my thing," Tanaka added through an interpreter.