Jeff Karstens is the scheduled starter for Tuesday, not Ian Kennedy. Joe Torre has been saying that for a few days now.
Has Karstens been used today, there was a chance Kennedy would get the call. But he wasn’t.
This is why Karstens is on the roster, to take spot starts and pitch in long relief. Bringing Kennedy to the majors would require a move on the 40-man and 25-man rosters. If Karstens was optioned, he would have spend 10 days in the minors. Who’s the long reliever then?
Also, stop fretting over Andy Phillips. He’s the first baseman unless he goes into a total nosedive with the bat. Did you see the critical play in the seventh inning when he and Pettitte picked off Jhonny Peralta? Do you think Jason Giambi makes that play?
Giambi has not played first base in a big-league game since May 3. They’re not going to suddenly toss him out there. A big part of their winning has been playing excellent defense and Phillips has been a major part of that.
Giambi and Johnny Damon are going to split time as the DH. They may not like it, but Torre has made it clear he’s not going to mess with what is working. The Yankees have won 28 of their last 38 games with Phillips playing pretty much every day.
Don’t look at first base in a traditional sense. Yes, it’s a power position. But the Yankees get far, far more from their catcher, shortstop and second baseman than most teams. Phillips is a good fit with this team for how it’s playing right now.
Enjoy what is happening right now, no changes are needed.