ARLINGTON, Texas — Aaron Boone said he should be ready to name the Yankees’ starter for Game 1 of the ALDS “hopefully by early next week,’’ but it’s becoming increasingly clear they intend to use most — if not all — of their pitchers in a variety of roles.
That includes perhaps using Masahiro Tanaka — or even Luis Severino — out of the bullpen, at least on occasion. And Tanaka could get some experience there as soon as Sunday in the regular-season finale against the Rangers at Globe Life Park.
While currently listed as the starter, Boone said he’d consider going with an opener for Game 162 as possibly a dry run for Tanaka.
“We’re considering anything and everything,’’ Boone said Friday — and that was before James Paxton left with a tight glute after just one inning in the series-opening their 14-7 win over the Rangers.
And he added it could be beneficial to have Tanaka coming out of the bullpen Sunday.
“Possibly,’’ Boone said when asked if it would help if Tanaka did it Sunday before throwing him into a playoff game in that kind of situation.
“We could get into the playoffs where anything happens,’’ Boone said. “Where a guy starts a game and three days later, he’s got to be an option out of the pen for a potential inning. We’re trying to be a little proactive. I feel like all the guys understand that and are ready for that.”
The Yankees already have thrown CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ into the fire, with generally positive results.
Severino is scheduled to start Saturday and Boone didn’t raise the possibility of altering that.
The manager added of Severino, who has looked excellent in his two outings after missing almost the entire season with right rotator cuff inflammation followed by a strained lat, is still likely to start in the postseason.
“I look at him as a starter, but everything is on the table,’’ Boone said. “How we use him, what games we use him in in a five-game series, when you deploy a guy with how the off days lie. I’m still viewing it like everything is on the table and I’m really excited about where [Severino] is because I’m confident he’s obviously gonna play a huge role for us.”
Boone is joined this weekend by general manager Brian Cashman and assistant GM Mike Fishman, as the organization takes the final days before the playoffs to chew over their roster.
“This is when our conversations will ramp up,’’ Boone said.