Sergio Mitre had pitched well this season, but Saturday’s spot start was not a good one. Joe Girardi said he took that as a sign that Mitre is not back to 100 percent following that oblique injury that cost him more than a month.
“We tried to prepare Serge to start, and I just didn’t see the crispness in his pitches,” Girardi said. “I don’t think he’s physically ready to do it. I think he could have used some more time, so we’re going to try to get him right in the bullpen.”
Instead, the Yankees will turn to Dustin Moseley for Thursday’s start. Mitre will be available out of the bullpen beginning Wednesday. The most pitches Mitre had thrown this season was 79. The fewest pitches Moseley threw in his 12 minor league starts was 75. He’s been stretched out as high as 112.
“Dustin is more built up,” Girardi said. “… We’re not exactly sure how many starts Andy is going to miss. We’ll evaluate it after every start and see what we need to do.”
• Girardi had enough confidence in Alex Rodriguez’s left forearm/hand that he made his lineup before even talking to Rodriguez this afternoon. “Hand’s good,” Rodriguez said. “Hand’s real good.”
• If the Yankees have a slim lead in the eighth inning, “I’ll probably lean toward Joba,” Girardi said. “… If it’s David Robertson’s time to come in in the seventh, I’m going to bring him in. I’m not going to hold him back.”
• Alfredo Aceves did long toss today and is scheduled to throw a bullpen this week. “We’ve had more positive news this time,” Girardi said.
• Aceves is actually ahead of Damaso Marte, Girardi said. Marte played catch at 60 feet today. There’s no time table for either pitcher to return to the bullpen.
• A small group of Cleveland writers was gathered around CC Sabathia when I finally got in from Detroit. The topic? LeBron James. What else?
• Girardi on the pursuit of No. 600: “I don’t necessarily think so much it’s the pressure of it,” Girardi said “I think it’s the daily dealing with it. They just want to get it by them. I think Alex knows he’s going to hit 600, but the fact he has to answer questions and they have to stop the game (for a new ball), it’s time consuming, and players want their time.”
Michael Brantley CF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Carlos Santana C
Travis Hafner DH
Jhonny Peralta 3B
Matt LaPorta 1B
Trevor Crowe LF
Jason Donald 2B
Associated Press photos of Moseley and Rodriguez