Every spring training, the Yankees beat writers have dinner with Joe Girardi. We just wrapped up this year’s meal, and Girardi dropped a tiny bit of news on us.
Girardi said he misspoke when he announced the initial spring rotation. Phil Hughes will start the fourth game. A.J. Burnett will start the fifth.
That’s all it is, those two are swapping places. Girardi said that’s the way it’s always been, he just announced it the wrong way, and he prefaced this information by saying, “Don’t read anything into this.” Things easily could be shuffled between now and Opening Day. For now, though, the Yankees have Hughes starting the day before Burnett. We’ll see if it stays that way.
The Yankees spring rotation (so far):
Saturday: Bartolo Colon
Sunday: Ivan Nova
Monday: CC Sabathia
Tuesday: Phil Hughes
Wednesday: A.J. Burnett
Thursday: Freddy Garcia