Joe Girardi was careful to point out that these plans can change between now and opening day, but as of right now, the Yankees plan to go with CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte and Javier Vazquez – in that order — as their first four starters of the regular season.
Because the Yankees have an off day between their first game in Boston and their second game in Boston, Burnett will throw his first spring training bullpen on Monday. None of the top four starters will throw a bullpen on Sunday.
Also, slight change to the exhibition schedule rotation.
Sabathia will start the second game of spring training, March 4 against the Phillies. The spring opener on March 3 will likely go to one of the starters battling for the fifth spot in the rotation.
“Very possible that we could get those guys in there,” Girardi said. “One of the five, or two of the five.”
The picture is of Girardi in the bullpen with director of player development, Pat Roessler.