Tomorrow will be a lot like today. Almost the exact same, actually.
The Yankees are going to have another simulated game followed by another workout tomorrow at Yankee Stadium. This time A.J. Burnett will do the bulk of the pitching. Burnett is scheduled for a five-inning simulated game. Javier Vazquez and Chad Gaudin will also pitch.
“I’ve just thrown light sides in case I’m needed, 15 or 20 pitch bullpens,” Burnett said. “Tomorrow will be the work day, more of a hefty load. Maybe four or five innings. I’ll work on things then.”
Burnett said all the things you probably expected him to say. He understood the decision not to use him in the first round, he’s confident in his ability to pitch well in the second round and he’s thankful for the opportunity after the worst regular season of his career.
“I’ve been looking forward to it, hoping they’d give me a shot and they did,” Burnett said. “Now it’s my job to get ready… I’m over the season. Obviously it’s important to get right for the postseason, but it’s from here on out (that matters).”
The Yankees have not announced a rotation for the ALCS, but it sounds like they don’t want CC Sabathia pitching on three days rest twice. That means Burnett will pitch Game 4 at Yankee Stadium. Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes — in some order — will pitch Games 2 and 3. Pitching coach Dave Eiland said the Yankees have a Game 2 starter in mind, but they aren’t going to make it official until they have their staff meetings tomorrow.
Hughes said he hasn’t been told when he’s pitching.
Associated Press photo of Pettitte, Burnett and Sabathia