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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday he is optimistic about Masahiro Tanaka’s ability to take a leading role in the starting rotation in 2015 following a serious elbow injury this year that sidelined the right-hander for over two months.

Speaking to reporters at the Baseball Winter Meetings, Girardi said he is optimistic regarding Tanaka’s comeback and that of ace lefty CC Sabathia, but added that question marks remain and called the depth of his starting rotation his biggest concern.

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