Joe Girardi has some decisions to make before the end of the week.
He said last night that he and his staff quite literally had not decided on a rotation beyond this Toronto series. He’s been focused on getting the Yankees to the playoffs, not what to do once they got there.
“I hadn’t talked much about this,” he said.
So far we know Javier Vazquez will start tonight in place of Andy Pettitte. We can also guess that at least one or two positions players will be out of the lineup.
“We still have aspirations of winning our division and trying to get home-field advantage,” Girardi said. “I’ve got to pick my spots to rest guys. I think about Derek Jeter and Robbie Cano, they’ve played the last 12 days in a row. Alex has played the last nine in a row I believe.”
Cano has had one full game off since the beginning of July, Rodriguez was on the disabled list at the beginning of this month, Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner had cortisone shots two weeks ago and Mark Teixeira is playing with a broken toe and a bruised hand.
“I think we keep pushing,” Rodriguez said. “Every game is important and you also want to keep playing good baseball. Build on what we did today.”
Thing is, of course the players said things like that. Swisher said more or less the same thing. So did Jeter. So did Teixeira. They all want to play. Girardi decides whether or not they will.
“That’s up to Skip and them guys,” Swisher said. “That’s why those guys are a lot smarter than us. Right now we feel confident about where we are and we just play it out from here.”
Associated Press photo of Jeter