It’s always hard to know how much to believe when a manager or general manager talks about trades or waiver claims or any sort of potential player move. For whatever it’s worth, though, Joe Girardi said this afternoon that he’s not expecting to add to his rotation options.
“I have not heard anything,” Girardi said. “I know Brian (Cashman) has stated this is what we’re going with, and that’s what I assume.”
Girardi said he’s made no decisions in the past 20 hours or so. He’s still planning to evaluation his rotation after the weekend, and at that point he might make changes. “Right now the rotation is what it is,” he said. Barring some sort of drastic change and significant surprise, Dustin Moseley will start Monday’s game at Yankee Stadium.
“These guys have done it,” Girardi said. “They’ve done it through the course of the season. Right now Andy is hurt, (but) we feel he’s making progress. You can’t always evaluate everything when you’re in a bit of a struggle. You have to evaluate in good times and in bad times, and we believe the arms are there to get this done. We just have to get it done.”
If the Yankees wanted to make a change, Girardi said Javier Vazquez is still 100 percent stretched out. One week in the bullpen has changed nothing with his pitch count. Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin could each go about 75 pitches, “but it would be 65 through 75 that you’d start to worry their stuff might drop off,” Girardi said.
If there are changes coming, Girardi either hasn’t settled upon them or isn’t ready to announce them. Either way, there’s little to do but wait and see.
• Alex Rodriguez is supposed to start hitting on Monday. Probably some swings in the cage and maybe some early batting practice on the field.
• Lance Berkman will try to run tomorrow. If that goes well, he could begin a rehab assignment on Monday.
• Speaking of rehabs on Monday, Alfredo Aceves will make another rehab appearance on Monday. The reports last night, Girardi said, weren’t good. “The numbers weren’t great,” he said. “He was up in the zone. He wasn’t sharp, they said.”
• Third base has become something of a platoon, with Eduardo Nunez starting against lefties and Ramiro Pena starting against righties. “We’ll continue to probably do that a little bit,” Girardi said.
• Andy Pettitte will throw another bullpen tomorrow. It should be around 30 pitches, at “a little bit” more intensity, Girardi said.
• Ivan Nova said he doesn’t know anything about reports of an MLB investigation into whether he injected B-12 last year in Trenton. “We’re unaware of any investigation,” Girardi said. “But we talked to him yesterday just to say you might be asked about it. I feel that his head will be in the right spot (tomorrow).”
Associated Press photos of Girardi and Rodriguez