The theme of Joe Girardi’s postgame session with the media was, “Tune in tomorrow.”
Aside from five more cuts — Greg Golson, Kevin Russo, Juan Miranda, Mark Melancon and Jonathan Albaladejo — the Girardi was not ready to make any sort of announcement. The Yankees have made their decision about a fifth starter.
“We’re just not quite ready to announce it,” Girardi said.
Alfredo Aceves and Sergio Mitre are each pitching tomorrow, but Girardi said the team’s decision will not change based on how they do.
The Yankees also are not ready to announce their starting pitcher for Friday’s game against the Phillies. “I’m not quite ready to give you that,” Girardi said.
We should know the answer to both questions tomorrow, probably after the game against the Orioles, but for now we’ll have to wait. Here’s Girardi’s pregame session with the media, which actually included more information than the postgame session.
• Girardi didn’t go into detail about why those five were cut, but with Russo out of camp, the utility job has officially gone to Ramiro Pena.
• Non-roster position players still in camp: Marcus Thames, Jon Weber, David Winfree, Mike Rivera and P.J. Pilittere. Non-roster pitchers still in camp: Amaury Sanit, Zack Segovia and Royce Ring.
• Chad Gaudin is still in camp, but he’s not scheduled to pitch tomorrow. He had been always pitching the same day as Mitre.
• Javier Vazquez seemed happy with all of his pitches except his changeup. He said he’s only trying to iron out a minor mechanical issue. “I drift a little bit and my arm stays back,” he said.
• Vazquez is scheduled to start that last game of spring training, the one against players from the minor league system.
• Francisco Cervelli made a solid play at third base, and Girardi said he wants Cervelli to continue taking groundballs at third just in case he needs him to play there in a game. “We only have one (bench) guy who can play on the left side and that’s Pena,” Girardi said.
• Cervelli said he’s gotten used to the oversized helmet, and his teammates have stopped giving him a hard time about it. “It’s just the fans,” Cervelli said. “Gazoooo!”
• Someone asked Girardi if he ever had to play third base like Cervelli did today: “I was real close at Shea Stadium,” Girardi said. “They made a double switch and if we tied the game I was going to third. Probably, for the sake of baseball, it was good that we didn’t tie the game.”
• Rodriguez is definitely traveling to Sarasota tomorrow. “From what I read and understand, we might not have him on Friday,” Girardi said.
• Random link: Sounds like Jose Veras has almost locked up a spot in the Marlins bullpen, and another spot might go to former Scranton/WB closer Scott Strickland, who’s had back-to-back terrific seasons in Triple-A but hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2005.