Joe Girardi announced today that A.J. Burnett will be the Yankees No. 2 starter and Phil Hughes will be the No. 3.
“That’s what we brought A.J. here to do,” Girardi said. “He struggled last year, but we believe he’s going to be back.”
This was the Yankees plan all along, Girardi said. The two were swapped earlier this spring because of rest issues — Girardi didn’t go into detail, but Hughes was here well before camp opened, and it would make sense that he was slightly ahead — and the Yankees have always planned to have both Burnett and Hughes pitch on Wednesday the 23rd. One will throw in a minor league game, the other in the big league game. After that, Hughes will get an extra day of rest before making his regular-season debut.
• Russell Martin is fine, but Girardi wanted to give him a day off after taking a bit of a beating yesterday.
• Ivan Nova will throw a simulated game tomorrow. He’ll make his next start on the 25th. Girardi said Nova is still in the competition, but that would seem to line him up as the No. 4 starter.
• Dellin Betances has been optioned to Double-A Trenton, and Andrew Brackman cleared out his locker to officially report to minor league camp. “Their innings got kind of eaten up,” Girardi said.
• Speaking of which, Manny Banuelos did not get into today’s game and has been rescheduled to pitch behind Bartolo Colon on Monday.