When the Yankees left Toronto, and even when they arrived in Chicago, Joe Girardi left the state of the rotation in flux. He committed to nothing and said he would evaluate after the weekend.
Now that the weekend series is over, Girardi has made his decision.
“We’re going to stay on rotation, that’s what we’re going to do,” he said. “There were things I wanted to think about, and instead of giving you quick answers, I thought about them and we’re staying on rotation.”
That means Ivan Nova will stay in the rotation — “He’s going to make another start, I can tell you that,” Girardi said — and it also means A.J. Burnett will make his next scheduled start at home against Oakland.
“He’s going out Wednesday, and we need him to pitch well for us,” Girardi said.
I’ll have more on this in the actual postgame notes, but for now two real quick notes from the Yankees clubhouse:
1. Mark Teixeira said he knew as soon as he picked up a bat that he wouldn’t be able to play. His bruised hand didn’t feel much better today than it did yesterday, but he’s hopeful that he’ll be able to play tomorrow.
2. Lance Berkman came through his pregame running just fine and will begin a rehab assignment tomorrow in Trenton. He said he’s been told it will last two days, meaning he’ll be activated when rosters expand on Wednesday.
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