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Masahiro Tanaka 'ready to go' for Saturday

Masahiro Tanaka was limited to just 20 starts

Masahiro Tanaka was limited to just 20 starts during his impressive first MLB season after a small tear in his ulnar collateral ligament was discovered during the summer. Tanaka was shut down after pitching on July 8, but made two late September starts. If the elbow problem doesn’t affect him in 2015, he’ll face the prospect of trying to avoid a sophomore slump after a fantastic debut in which he posted a 2.77 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 6.7 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

A day after his return to the mound, Masahiro Tanaka declared himself "ready to go" for Saturday's start in Boston.

Tanaka, whose start on Sunday was his first since July 8, said he woke up Monday with "normal soreness" in his right elbow, meaning no setbacks.

"He was all smiles today, which was good," Joe Girardi said. "Just doing his normal routine that he would do after any other start, so it's all good news."

Tanaka, who threw 70 pitches Sunday and will be on a pitch count of 80 to 85 Saturday, expects to have a typical offseason and not be limited by his elbow.


Core Four reunion?

Girardi gave what many thought was the perfect send-off for Mariano Rivera in his final home game last year, having Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte go to the mound to remove the closer (after getting permission from umpiring crew chief Mike Winters to do that). Girardi said he has been thinking about what he might do Thursday night for Derek Jeter's home finale but hasn't come up with anything concrete. Word is Jorge Posada, Rivera and Pettitte plan to be in attendance to be part of the shortstop's home sendoff.

Shot for Tex

Mark Teixeira received another cortisone shot in his troublesome right wrist Sunday night and hopes to return to the lineup Tuesday night. The bigger hope, of course, is that in 2015 his wrist problems will be behind him.

"I know my wrist is going to be healthier next year, it's going to be stronger," Teixeira said. "I'll have that full offseason of working out and strengthening and necessarily rehabbing."

CC throwing

CC Sabathia made 20 throws at 60 feet Monday and hopes to get back on a mound in two to three weeks. He said he anticipates having a "normal" offseason workout regimen and plans to report to Tampa for spring training earlier than usual, perhaps in late January.

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