The Yankees already have a tentative pitching plan in place for Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday, a day before Tuesday's Game 3.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Monday that Wednesday is going to be a "bullpen day," adding that LHP J.A. Happ could play a role in the festivities as well, following his Game 2 mishap.
"Obviously kind of depends a lot on what happens tomorrow. J-Happ could very much be in the mix," Boone said. "As well as... I picture our bullpen being unleashed on that day."
Happ was responsible for the one pitch thrown by the Yankees in the bottom of the 11th inning in Game 2. The one Astros' Carlos Correa sent over Minute Maid Park's wall in right field for the 3-2 walk-off homer.
It's unclear where Happ, or anyone, will go in Wednesday's bullpen outing, Boone said. That's fair since Game 3 is still en route. RHP Luis Severino is slated to get the start for the Yankees, who has a tall task ahead of him as RHP Gerrit Cole will get the nod for the Astros.
"[The bullpen order] will all depend on tomorrow. How we use guys, how the game ends up being, we'll kind of see where we're at going into the next day," Boone said.
The skipper didn't commit to RHP Chad Green starting Game 4 yet, either. But he did say pulling Green after two strong innings in Game 2 had nothing to do with potentially using him in Game 4 as the opener.
"No, because we've got days... a couple of days ahead of [Wednesday]. No, that didn't factor into that," Boone said. "Greeny had been through two innings at that point. Just felt like we were set up to roll it out like we did. I think overall it worked out really well."
"Not much more than Greeny had already gone two innings," Boone added.
Green entered the game after starting lefty James Paxton only tossed 2.1 innings and 51 pitches. Green ended up taking half as many pitches, 26, to get through two frames himself.
Along with Green's two innings, the Yankees had efforts from RHP Adam Ottavino (0.1 IP), RHP Tommy Kahnle (2.1), LHP Zack Britton (1.0), LHP Aroldis Chapman (1.0), LHP CC Sabathia (0.1), RHP Jonathan Loaisiga, and Happ (0.2) in Game 2.
With Monday off, Boone said he envisions having his entire bullpen at his disposal this week.