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Pregame notes: Five-man rotation in place

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 15, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankee Pettitte Rehab BaseballAndy Pettitte is ready to be a major league starter again, and with that, the Yankees have a five-man rotation. As long as Pettitte comes through Thursday’s side session with no problems, he’ll start Sunday’s series finale in Baltimore.

“I want to see him go out there,” Joe Girardi said. “And I want to see how he feels after his side. Right now all indications are that he feels good, which is really important. It would be frustrating if he didn’t, for him and for all of us, but I want to see him go out there Sunday and see how sharp he is.”

CC Sabathia will pitch on regular rest Saturday — tomorrow’s off day will not give him an extra day — and that’s a decision, Girardi said, is at least partially based on next week’s four-game series at home against the Rays. Using Sabathia on Saturday instead of Sunday means he’ll pitch the last game of that Rays series, once again matching up against David Price, who is also staying on regular rest for Tampa Bay.

Girardi said the Yankees haven’t mapped out the rotation beyond Sunday, but he plans to stick with Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova. That means Javier Vazquez and Dustin Moseley will be moved back to the bullpen.

As for lining up his starters for a playoff rotation: “I won’t do that until we know exactly that we’re in the playoffs,” Girardi said.

Yankees Rays Baseball• Nick Swisher is probably not available to pinch hit tonight — “I don’t think so,” Girardi said — but he does feel significantly better after yesterday’s cortisone shot. “I can’t give you a time table because I don’t know,” he said. “This is all on a pain basis. Once that gets out of there, once we get that last bit of inflammation that’s in there, just get everything intact. I’d rather be playing at 100 percent than 50.”

• Brett Gardner was told to take another day off. The Yankees are thinking he could be back to 100 percent after taking yesterday, today and tomorrow off. “I think I could swing,” Gardner said. “It feels a lot better today. I feel good about how it feels and expect to be playing on Friday.”

• Brian Cashman has confirmed that the Yankees could put Royce Ring on the playoff roster if they wanted to. That’s because of the loophole that lets him replace an injured pitcher, in this case Damaso Marte. It’s the same way the Yankees got Freddy Guzman on last year’s playoff roster, essentially for Xavier Nady.

• Speaking of Ring, he was home in San Diego taking his baby to a six-month checkup when he got the call. He got on a 6:20 flight, slept on the plane, and arrived at the ballpark at about 4 p.m.

• Right now the Yankees rotation has back-to-back lefties. “You do like to split them up when you can,” Girardi said. “But right now I’m not worried about that.”

• Girardi on Phil Hughes facing the Rays: “Command is important and changing speeds is important against this club. If you stick with strictly fastballs, this club will hurt you.”

• Pretty good line from Swisher about Jorge Posada’s monster home run last night, which landed on the roof of a restaurant in center field: “You don’t see many dudes going on top of that. I would have liked to have seen if that would have hit our restaurant. You’ve got to be a grown man to go up there, boys.”

Associated Press photos of Pettitte and Posada

 
 

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33 Responses to “Pregame notes: Five-man rotation in place”

  1. Crawdaddy September 15th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Price is listed on MLB.com as pitching on Sunday. If so he won’t pitch in the Yankee series.

  2. Chad Jennings September 15th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Rays announced today that Price is starting Saturday instead.

  3. nyygik September 15th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Why not save Pettitte for the opener against the Rays on Monday? That game is way more important than the finale against the O’s. Nova or Moseley could start Sunday. I’d much rather have a less than 100% Pettitte going Monday than a rookie who can’t seem to get out of the 5th inning.

  4. Crawdaddy September 15th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    At this time of the year, all the games are important.

  5. EA September 15th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    “Rays announced today that Price is starting Saturday instead.”

    Of course, Madden wasn’t going to let us off the hook like that….

  6. Betsy September 15th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Good news on Swish – and I agree. We can make do without him for a few more games, just get him healthy. Same with Gardner.

    Ring should have been up sooner than this, but ok – that’s good that he can still be added to the post-season roster.

  7. Cashmoney September 15th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    It’s weird to a see grizzled Pettite and Jeter, it seems just yesterday they were youthful rookies who are feeling their ways around ML. But then again, I was only in Junior high when that happened.

    nice picture nonetheless.

  8. Crawdaddy September 15th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    “Of course, Madden wasn’t going to let us off the hook like that…”

    We just have to beat his butt on Thursday and I hope he struggles on Saturday with Maddon moving him up.

  9. Ruby Tuesday September 15th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Rays will sweep.

  10. Cashmoney September 15th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Repost for CB

    Defense and ball park aren’t considered in WAR calculated by FIP as they are outside the scope of FIP as a model.
    ————————————————-
    CB, Are you saying in this case, B ref are taking into consideration that Seattle has better defense than NY thus further depresses Felix’s WAR value in comparison to CC’s.

    Also
    that is the linear algebra equation , which i assume , for B reference Cal of War.

  11. Giuseppe Franco September 15th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Betsy,

    I don’t care if you have confidence in Hughes or not. It makes no sense at all but that’s your prerogative. The fact of the matter is that you don’t have a strong argument in your favor because his performance this season dictates just the opposite.

    The important thing is that the Yanks do have confidence in him and they should based on his performance this season.

    He’s progressing and that’s what matters. He should progress even more next season as long as he takes the ball every 5 days.

  12. SJ44 September 15th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I’d rather Pettitte stay on turn and away from the Rays.

    He hasn’t pitched in two months.

    I’d rather they ease back than throw him back into the fray against the Rays.

  13. SAS September 15th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Madden seems to be a very good manager. Lots of young players and he really has their number.

  14. Betsy September 15th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    GF, I don’t know why you sound so annoyed – you asked, and I answered. Ok, so you don’t care how I feel – fine. I was just expressing how I felt about the potential 2011 rotation.

  15. CB September 15th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    “Are you saying in this case, B ref are taking into consideration that Seattle has better defense than NY thus further depresses Felix’s WAR value in comparison to CC’s.”

    If Seattle’s defense is measured to be better than the Yankees that would be taken into account into the B-Ref model for calculating WAR as it effects how many runs a pitcher allows.

    So if Seattle’s defense is better than the Yankees that would “decrease” Felix’s WAR.

  16. elijahandstephensdad September 15th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Just need wins no matter who we play the O’s or Rays. Do not forget a tough Red sox series the following weekend. Just pitch and hit, get healthy and away we go to october basebll.

  17. Giuseppe Franco September 15th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Why do I need to be so certain that he will? Now that is unfair to me – to suggest that I should have full confidence that Phil will be rock solid next year. I can’t do it, sorry.

    ————

    Those were your comments and I responded to them.

    I wasn’t telling you that you needed to be more confident in Hughes. I was merely saying that I don’t care whether you have faith in him or not. It makes no difference to me.

    But, again, all the facts indicate otherwise.

  18. ConcernedCitizen September 15th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Just put my gear on. Lets go Yankees!

  19. MTU September 15th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    OK Phil. You know the drill by now.

    You win. I hike and pay tribute.

    But tonite is a special nite and I’m asking you to give all you’ve got and go all out.

    Burn holes in TB’s Uni’s and singe the hair on their arms with your FB.

    Buckle their knees with your curve.

    Have them flailing at your CU.

    If you do this for us I will give your grandest tribute ever. I promise.

    Enjoy the game folks. :)

  20. Betsy September 15th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    GF, that’s fine – Next year is not that far away, so I guess we’ll find out soon enough. I’m hoping Andy does not retire, period.

  21. pat September 15th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    “Brian Cashman has confirmed that the Yankees could put Royce Ring on the playoff roster if they wanted to. That?s because of the loophole that lets him replace an injured pitcher, in this case Damaso Marte.”

    Could they do the same with Nick Johnson’s spot if they wanted to include another September call-up?

  22. Joe from Long Island September 15th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    MTU – I am impressed with your way with words.

    I have wished a lot, and not just here, that I could be more eloquent. Sigh.

  23. Erica in NY September 15th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Ruby Tuesday September 15th, 2010 at 6:27 pm
    Rays will sweep.
    ***************

    Hahahaha. Sweep who?
    The Yankees won last night

  24. SAS September 15th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Betsy,

    I want Andy back too.

  25. Erica in NY September 15th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Andy is back YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best news all day.

  26. CR9 September 15th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Branyan just launched one off Buch.

  27. CB September 15th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    “Could they do the same with Nick Johnson’s spot if they wanted to include another September call-up?”

    Yes.

  28. Giuseppe Franco September 15th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    People are still paying attention to the Red Sox?

    Good grief.

  29. MTU September 15th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Joe-

    Thanks for the compliment.

    I want people to remember how good Phil Hughes can be when he’s on. He has pitched some incredible games for a young Man.

    That’s what I want emblazoned into the memories after tonite.

    I hope he’s up to the challenge. Tonite he has another chance to show he is “money”.

    And the offense has another chance to show they’re alive and won’t be denied.

    Let’s see both. Let’s make a statement. This is my hope.

    Catch you later. :)

  30. Bronx Jeers September 15th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I have wished a lot, and not just here, that I could be more eloquent. Sigh.

    ————————————————————————————————–

    MTU is both a gentleman and a scholar!

    He’s also stark raving mad but that’s another story.

    But aren’t you a physician?

  31. CR9 September 15th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Just for fun, Giuseppe. Just for fun. To hear devastation in Remy and Orsillo. But it shouldnt matter anyway. If someone chooses to watch them, that is their business, with all due respect.

  32. MTU September 15th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Jeers-

    Absolutely stark raving.

    Nevertheless, If Phil knew what I had waiting he’d throw a No-No tonite.

    I’ll settle for a good solid game.

    Later. :)

  33. sjhendu September 15th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    CC and Petttte back to back in the rotation is by design. If the Yankees open the playoffs at home Grardi wants the back to back lefties at the Stadium and Hughes on the road where his ERA dramaticaly better


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