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Upcoming spring rotation

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 20, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have announced most of their remaining spring training rotation, and it’s easy enough to speculate about most of the remaining starters.

These games are set.

3/21, Monday: Bartolo Colon
3/22, Tuesday: Sergio Mitre
3/23, Wednesday: A.J. Burnett & Phil Hughes
3/24, Thursday: Off day (Girardi incidated that Freddy Garcia will pitch in some capacity)
3/25, Friday: Ivan Nova
3/26, Saturday: CC Sabathia

For the final three spring games, it seems likely that the Yankees will give A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes one last turn before the regular season. Those two could pitch in the minor leagues — especially Burnett, who would line up against Tampa Bay — but it makes sense that they’ll pitch one way or another on Monday or Tuesday. Sergio Mitre would be on proper rest to make next Sunday’s start, but the Yankees might need/want that game for a different rotation candidate (Colon maybe?).

Girardi guaranteed that all roster decisions will be finalized on the 28th, so giving one of the rotation candidates a start after that date wouldn’t do much good. This is speculation, but the final spring starts could line up like this.

3/27, Sunday: Mitre/Colon
3/28, Monday: A.J. Burnett
3/29, Tuesday: Phil Hughes
3/30, Wednesday: workout at Yankee Stadium

If the Yankees pick Nova as their fourth starter and keep him on turn, it would make sense to have him pitch on Wednesday — either some sort of sim game in New York or in a minor league game in Florida — so that he stays on turn for the fourth game of the regular season.┬áThe regular season opens at home against the Tigers, and the Yankees have already announced their rotation for that series.

3/31, Thursday: CC Sabathia
4/1, Friday: off day
4/2, Saturday: A.J. Burnett
4/3, Sunday:
Phil Hughes

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