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Pregame notes: A rotation decision

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jul 03, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A.J. Burnett will start tomorrow. Ivan Nova has been optioned to Triple-A. No official word on Phil Hughes, but logic dictates that he’ll start in Nova’s place on Wednesday.

The Yankees seem to have made their rotation decision, at least for the time being.

“It’s really hard to find anything that any of them have not done well,” Joe Girardi said.

Hughes packed for Cleveland and prepared for Scranton. He did his usual between-starts work this weekend — a regular bullpen on Friday, light bullpen Saturday — and would be ready to start tomorrow. Nova threw a bullpen today, so he was on schedule to start Wednesday.

The Yankees announced the Nova decision just a few minutes ago, long after Girardi met with the media and said no decision had been made. He said the Yankees were going to have a decision by the end of the day, but they wanted to wait as long as possible, just in case the decision was made for them. It’s hard to say right now whether this is a long-term situation, or if this is simply a decision to get the Yankees through the all-star break.

“I don’t think it’s possible to make a wrong decision,” Girardi said. “It’s just a tough decision. There’s human being involved here that you have to talk about emotionally and physically and how they’re doing. We’re in no need to rush to make a decision.”

• The tarp is still on the field. No word on when this game might start.

• Rain is also in the forecast for Trenton, where Derek Jeter is supposed to play another rehab game tonight. If he’s rained out, would Jeter still be able to join the Yankees tomorrow? “I don’t have an answer for that,” Girardi said.

• Eduardo Nunez said his tight right hamstring feels much better today. He was hoping to play. “I feel sad,” he said. “I don’t play today, and I can play.”

• No tests are planned for Nunez. He felt the tightness on his second double yesterday and stayed in the game.

• Bartolo Colon told Girardi that he feels normal today. Feels like a regular day after a start. No added soreness coming back from the injury.

• Girardi said he wouldn’t significantly alter Jeter’s playing time because of the calf injury. “When a guy comes back healthy, he’s supposed to be healthy,” Girardi said. Girardi also said he would have no problem with Jeter playing in the all-star game.

UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Russell Martin and Mariano Rivera were voted onto the all-star team by the players. Ron Washington’s choices were Michael Cuddyer, Matt Wieters, Gio Gonzalez, David Price, C.J. Wilson, Aaron Crow and Jose Valverde.

Price, Wilson and Valverde were his only choices from teams that already had a representative.

Angel Pagan CF
Justin Turner 2B
Carlos Beltran RF
Daniel Murphy 3B
Jason Bay LF
Lucas Duda 1B
Josh Thole C
Ruben Tejada SS
R.A. Dickey RHP

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