After several weeks of back-and-forth with the rotation, Joe Girardi said he plans to stick with his starting five for now. That means, according to the current plan, Javier Vazquez will make his next scheduled start.
“My plan is for him to stay in the rotation,” Girardi said. “I can’t tell you exactly what’s going to happen. There are no guarantees in this game. When you start making guarantees as a manager, that’s when you get into trouble, but my plan is for him to pitch for us.”
Clearly frustrated, Vazquez didn’t seem so certain.
“Hopefully,” he said.
Vazquez said he couldn’t remember his reaction to being pulled in the fifth inning, but he said he was “very disappointed” to see Girardi coming out of the dugout. Almost immediately Vazquez threw his hands in the air, clearly upset at the inevitable decision.
“I really don’t remember what I did,” he said. “But if I did, I guess I was just surprised… Sometimes as a player you don’t agree with the decision that your manager makes, but he’s still the manager and you have to respect him.”
Girardi said more or less the same. He said he expected Vazquez to want to stay in the game, but he wanted a “fresh arm” in that situation.
“I don’t mind guys being competitors and wanting to stay in games,” Girardi said. “I would have a problem if Javy was calling me out to take him out. That I would have an issue with.”
Here’s Vazquez postgame.
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