Two other things from today (via Sam Borden):
The 40-man roster move was Shelley Duncan being designated for assignment. … Brian Cashman said Phil Coke has been told to prepare to come to camp to work as a starter.
No surprise with the first move. Here’s hoping that Shelley gets a shot someplace else. I think in the right situation, he’ll help a team. It might be a few hours before the Cardinals sign him. … As for Coke, it only makes sense to give a young left-hander every chance to start. At worst, you build up his arm strength. It’s easier to go from the rotation to the bullpen than the other way around.
So unless Pettitte signs, the No. 5 starter candidates are Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Alfredo Aceves, Jason Johnson and Coke.