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Pregame notes: Yankees considering a six-man rotation

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jun 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

With Bartolo Colon and Phil Hughes on the verge of returning from the disabled list, the Yankees seem to have six starting pitchers for five rotation spots. Or do they?

Joe Girardi said this morning that the Yankees will consider going to a six-man rotation.

“It’s something we’re going to think about,” he said.

A six-man rotation would complicate things because some starters — like CC Sabathia — don’t like extra rest. A case could be made that some veterans — like Colon and Freddy Garcia — could benefit from the extra day.

“Do we feel a guy needs an extra-day off?” Girardi said. “Do you skip a guy just to give him a little extra rest in one spot? There’s just some different things that you could do to be creative with the rotation if you do a six-man. Do, all of a sudden, you need one guy in the bullpen because your bullpen was fried the day before? Those are all things you have to consider if you do that.”

It’s a complicated situation with Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova all pitching well out of the rotation. Colon seems almost certain to take Brian Gordon’s rotation spot on Saturday, but will Colon stay there or move back into a relief role? If Hughes gets one more minor league start, would the Yankees bump A.J. Burnett next Saturday so that Hughes could get one start before the all-star break?

“It’s all things we have to figure out in the next couple of days,” Girardi said. “It’s somewhat complicated, but we need to figure it out.”

• The Yankees haven’t officially announced Colon as Saturday’s starter, but Colon said today’s bullpen went well. He seems to believe he’ll be starting on Saturday.

• Sergio Mitre is active, but I never saw him in the clubhouse this morning. It was a late report, with no batting practice on the field, so it’s entirely possible — even likely — that Mitre is here, just didn’t step into the clubhouse while I was there.

• The Yankees are playing in a National League park this weekend, which means Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez will be in the lineup and in the field all three days. With no DH the next three days, Girardi decided to give those two a break today. “Sometimes you just look at your guys and you feel that they need a day off,” he said.

• Girardi wasn’t sure what Derek Jeter did today in Tampa, but he said it’s still possible that Jeter will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday and join the Yankees early next week.

• Joba Chamberlain said his Tommy John elbow actually feels no different. His wrist is actually more sore. That’s where the doctors removed a tendon to repair the elbow.

• Phil Hughes said he feels ready to pitch in the big leagues, but he hasn’t been told where he’ll make his next start. He said his stuff and command were good enough yesterday to pitch at this level.

• Hughes bought a spread for the Trenton clubhouse after both of his rehab starts. “It’s costing me a fortune with these rehab starts,” he said, mostly joking. Hughes was laughing at what the Thunder might expect Jeter to buy them. Hughes suggested Ruth’s Chris for everyone!

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51 Responses to “Pregame notes: Yankees considering a six-man rotation”

  1. blake June 30th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    If they went 6 man for awhile then I would just keep Sabathia on schedule and take turn about skipping the other guys as need be. I really think it’ll work itself out.

  2. Erin June 30th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    . Hughes was laughing at what the Thunder might expect Jeter to buy them. Hughes suggested Ruth?s Chris for everyone!

    ************************

    :D

  3. m June 30th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Holy Outside the Box! Girardi outsmarted all of us. Most of us thought Nova would get the short end of the stick. We still have, what, 3 games to make up? Might be nice to have the extra hand on deck.

    Hughes is funny. You can tell he still stays with his parents in the offseason.

  4. upstate kate June 30th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I would hope CC would stay on his regular schedule.

  5. blake June 30th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Speaking of Ruths Chris……their sweet potato casserole is maybe the best thing I’ve ever eaten.

  6. Erin June 30th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    blake June 30th, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    If they went 6 man for awhile then I would just keep Sabathia on schedule and take turn about skipping the other guys as need be. I really think it?ll work itself out.

    *************************

    agreed.

  7. m June 30th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    One thing, though. Nova’s stats on an extra day of rest are not and day compared to regular rest.

    I’m just looking at that picture now. Couldn’t you have found a different one, Chad? Hughes looks like a trauma patient!

  8. joeman June 30th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    wonder what LA would want for Kershaw & Kemp

  9. Joe from Long Island June 30th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I know this is long range thinking, but –

    Between CJ Wilson, and Cole Hamels, I go with Hamels.

    A rotation (potentially, of course) of the lefties CC, Hamels, Banuelos, coupled with Phil and Colon/Nova/Noesi/Betances – would be pretty good.

  10. Tom in N.J. June 30th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Didn’t the Thunder set up some sort of shrine for Lance Berkman last year after his rehab stint?

    Or was that Erica?

  11. GreenBeret7 June 30th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Well, so much for the queston of power. Montero leads of the 2nd inning with a blast into the right center bullpen.

    After a Mike Lamb triple, Laird singles to center

  12. Erin June 30th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    bw51official I will be in the booth on WCBS 880 am during the third inning of today’s Yankees vs. Brewer’s game with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman.

  13. joeman June 30th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    # GreenBeret7 June 30th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Well, so much for the queston of power. Montero leads of the 2nd inning with a blast into the right center bullpen.

    After a Mike Lamb triple, Laird singles to center
    ————————————————————————–
    all that happen in the 2nd inning

  14. upstate kate June 30th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Tom
    right next to the Johnny Damon memorial?

  15. blake June 30th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Joe,

    Yes….yes it would.

    I heard heard on the radio that apparently Charlie Sheen said that he used steroids during the filming of major league and it took his fastball velocity from 79 to 85 mph.

  16. Erin June 30th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Tom- :)

    IIRC, Berkman got them Outback Steakhouse. I’d like the guy too!

  17. blake June 30th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Go Montero!

  18. Jerkface June 30th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I heard heard on the radio that apparently Charlie Sheen said that he used steroids during the filming of major league and it took his fastball velocity from 79 to 85 mph.

    I wonder how high he could have got simply by working out normally. Since I doubt he maxed out on a genuine effort

  19. Erin June 30th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    blake-I was just reading about that yesterday. Leave it to Charlie. LOL

  20. hardwired7 June 30th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    “wonder what LA would want for Kershaw & Kemp”

    I’m guessing at least 100 billion dollars

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTmXHvGZiSY

  21. West Coast Yankee Fan June 30th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    blake June 30th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Wcyf, Yea but Im not sure how fair that is given everything that’s going on there……its not a great team anyway…..just not a last place team. They have some good players but also a ton of holes.

    ***********

    It has some effect I am sure, but there is no way with that talent they should be in last or close to it. That’s part of a manager’s skill set to deal with adversity and circumstances.

  22. joeman June 30th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    # blake June 30th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Go Montero!
    ———————————
    to LA in a deal for Kershaw

  23. blake June 30th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    JF,

    Yea im sure it would have improved just by throwing….since it wasn’t something he’s used to doing. That said……there are very few people walking the streets that coukd physically throw a baseball 85 mph naturally even with training.

  24. joeman June 30th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    # hardwired7 June 30th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    “wonder what LA would want for Kershaw & Kemp”

    I’m guessing at least 100 billion dollars

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTmXHvGZiSY
    ————————————
    deal

  25. blake June 30th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    “to LA in a deal for Kershaw”

    DOdgers wouldn’t do it

  26. joeman June 30th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    # blake June 30th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    “to LA in a deal for Kershaw”

    DOdgers wouldn’t do it
    ———————————
    in a package

  27. Warning Track Power June 30th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Jeter has to buy a spread this weekend.
    What are the chances the food will be delivered in a Ford Edge? LOL!!!!

  28. blake June 30th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Wcyf,

    The dodgers have a handful of really good players and then a bunch of garbage in between….its not really a good construction of a team……that said they shouldn’t be in last place and I guess at least some of that has to land at Mattingly’s feet.

  29. 86w183 June 30th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    PEDs are not magic… there is ZERO immediate impact…

    Charlie Sheen just wanted to remind us that he’s a complete idiot.

    I know what the Dodgers would want for Kershaw and Kemp —- Mrs. McCourt’s head on a platter!

  30. Erin June 30th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    BryanHoch Bartolo Colon says he’s looking forward to starting Saturday against Mets at Citi Field.

  31. blake June 30th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    You wanna give the Dodgers Montero, Banuelos, and Betances for Kershaw then maybe they listen but that’s too much. He’s cheap and he’s really good…..they have no reason to deal him unless they are blown away with something in an over pay.

  32. GreenBeret7 June 30th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Going to bottom of the 2nd, 2-0 Scranton

  33. Erin June 30th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    JackCurryYES Mike Cameron DFA’d by RedSox. Was hitting .149

    8O

  34. joeman June 30th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    The Dodgers can’t make long-term investments in young stars like Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw because of their uncertain financial status. The Los Angeles front office is now gathering information about some of their trade candidates and taking calls on some players.
    —————————————
    did read this..just asking

  35. heyman_sux June 30th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Doubtful the Dodgers move anybody as they’re currently in a similar boat to the Rangers last season. Less assets means less potential buyers if the team should become available. Heck, MLB even bent over backwards to allow a backrupt team to pick up MORE salary (Cliff)

    Any moves they make would have to be salary dumps. And Kershaw/Kemp are both signed to more than reasonable contracts

  36. Crawdaddy June 30th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    MLB won’t allow either Kemp or Kershaw to be traded right now. The team is in bankruptcy and MLB is running the club. It ain’t happening.

  37. Chip June 30th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    GreenBeret7 June 30th, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    Well, so much for the queston of power. Montero leads of the 2nd inning with a blast into the right center bullpen.

    ———————

    Happy as I am for Montero one HR does not mean his power is back. Ramiro Pena can hit a home run. When he’s hitting for power with regularity then you can proclaim that his power is back.

  38. 86w183 June 30th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Actually the bankruptcy court is running the team now

  39. Chip June 30th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Crawdaddy June 30th, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    MLB won’t allow either Kemp or Kershaw to be traded right now. The team is in bankruptcy and MLB is running the club. It ain’t happening.

    —————

    Also trading off young stars does not make the club look attractive to potential buyers.

  40. Chip June 30th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Erin June 30th, 2011 at 12:50 pm
    JackCurryYES Mike Cameron DFA’d by RedSox. Was hitting .149

    ———–

    Wow.

    I would grab him up in a heartbeat.

  41. Erin June 30th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    jnorris427 The NY Post says Jeter will indeed play two games in Trenton starting on Saturday. #Yankees

  42. 86w183 June 30th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    According to Cott’s the Dodgers have only $ 46 M in commitments for next year so that’sa VERY attractive.

    If they can move some big deals before the end of the year they might, but there isn’t a lot of talent there.

    Kemp and Kershaw plus Ethier and Loney are arbitration eligible for 2012

  43. Tom in N.J. June 30th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    BryanHoch Bartolo Colon says he’s looking forward to starting Saturday against Mets at Citi Field.

  44. 86w183 June 30th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Cameron would be a major upgrade over Jones and for minimum wage

  45. Erin June 30th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    BrianCoz Luke Duke from Hazzard singing the anthem today at Yankee game

  46. Erin June 30th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Game Post up (and to anyone going over, I wish you luck) ;)

    :arrow:

  47. Joe from Long Island June 30th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I’m sorry, guys, but I don’t see it. How would Cameron be an upgrade, let alone a major one, over Andruw Jones? Both are over the hill. Both can no longer well enough. They can play the field, but so can Chris Dickerson and Greg Golson. So, besides a resume, what do either one of those guys provide that the younger guys cannot?

    And, don’t say veteran leadership and clubhouse presence. The Yanks do not lack for that.

  48. GreenBeret7 June 30th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Warren through 2 innings, 2 hits, no runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout. Bad part is 45 pitches, 30 strikes, 16 balls. Lots of fouls today

  49. blake June 30th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Maybe Cameron should have smiled more…….

    I could see the Dodgers maybe moving Kemp with a big offer……he should get a bump through arbitration and he’s a FA after next season……just depends on what they feel like are their chances at signing him.are. I see very little chance they deal Kershaw…..he’s cheap and.locked up.for a long time still.

  50. hardwired7 June 30th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Luke Duke from Hazzard singing the anthem today

    ————-

    The Yanks blew it on this one: should have had Bo sing it. #betterthanLuke

  51. Niblick June 30th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Maybe this is old news, but the Boston Globe is reporting that Jeter will play Monday for the Yanks.


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