FORT MYERS, Fla. - A day later, Masahiro Tanaka was all good.
The morning after throwing a perfect two innings in his exhibition debut Thursday night, Tanaka showed up at Steinbrenner Field and told Joe Girardi he felt just fine.
"I asked them both [Tanaka and CC Sabathia] how they felt and they both said great,'' Girardi said. "So that's always music to my ears.''
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka, who sat out 2½ months last season while rehabbing a slight tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow before returning in late September, is likely to make his next start Wednesday in Lake Buena Vista against Atlanta.
Rothschild said Tanaka, who needed only 19 pitches Wednesday before throwing 18 more in the bullpen, likely will be extended to 45 pitches and "maybe a little bit more'' Wednesday.
Girardi said Sabathia will make his debut Tuesday night against the Blue Jays.
With Chris Capuano (quadriceps) all but certain to start the season on the disabled list, Adam Warren is among the favorites to claim the No. 5 rotation spot. But his third start was not as good as his first two; he allowed two runs and four hits in three innings in Friday night's 5-3 victory over the Red Sox.
Alex Rodriguez was not on the travel list to Fort Myers but is slated to travel to Dunedin on Saturday and start at third. A-Rod, 5-for-13 (.385) with a homer and two RBIs, took batting practice Friday and then took grounders at third.
"I'm curious to see if it's any different than it was before,'' Girardi said of the reaction A-Rod will get in his first road game. "My guess is it won't be.''