The Yankees made four of their most significant cuts today, sending Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, Colin Curtis and Reid Gorecki to the minor league complex.
But that’s not why things are a mess.
The Yankees literally don’t know what they’re going to do tomorrow. They have seven pitchers who need to pitch, and only nine innings to play against major league hitters. Joe Girardi said the Yankees are currently calling different teams and might try to pull off split squad games tomorrow. They might also play B game at Steinbrenner Field. If nothing else, the minor league exhibition schedule has started, so that’s an option.
“It’s a mess, kinda,” Girardi said. “We don’t have it completely ironed out.”
A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Mariano Rivera, Chan Ho Park and Damaso Marte all need to throw. Girardi said adding a game on Tuesday — a scheduled off day — wouldn’t solve the problem because they want to keep everyone on schedule, or at least as close to on-schedule as possible. He acknowledged that in the long run, a little rain in the middle of March isn’t going to disrupt the season, but…
“Right now, it’s a little pain in the rear.”