Yankees Editorial: Who Will Be in the Yankees Rotation When Tanaka is Back?


While Masahiro Tanaka is getting closer and closer to returning to the rotation, the question now being asked is who should be left out of the rotation? Chris Capuano is the veteran left-hander who is being paid five million to start. Adam Warren is the other option, who has started all year, and has become more consistent for the Yankees.

Chris Capuano just got back from a strained quad injury, and has discussed how it feels, and the process of what it took to get back. In his first start of the season he struggled against a very good Kansas City Royals lineup. Hopefully his next Yankees start will be better.

"It has felt good for three or for weeks now. Once it felt good I basically had to go through a full spring training. The quad feels great, and it was just a matter of getting the arm strength up."

Adam Warren won the last starting spot coming out of spring training. Warren is converting from being a long reliever out of the Yankees bullpen. This year he is 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in seven starts this season. Warren has shown signs of improvement, but his arm might be best suited for the bullpen.

Chase Whitley will not be an option anymore this year, since he is done for the year with Tommy John surgery after hurting his elbow last week against the Tampa Bay Rays. With Tanaka on his way back, I think the Yankees should be creative with their rotation, and elect to go with a six man rotation for a while.

It does not seem like something that is talked about much, but I think this should be highly considered. Giving Tanaka an extra day of rest would be great. It will also help Michael Pineda, who is trying to have his first full season since 2011. I think a six man rotation will be the wave of the future, and the Yankees should get a head start on the competition.

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