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Girardi sets rotation (sort of); opens competition (kinda)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 27, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees rotation is more or less set for the weekend.

Friday: A.J. Burnett
Saturday: Bartolo Colon and TBA
Sunday: Freddy Garcia

Girardi said he’s not ready to announce the other starter of the double header, but he said the media should feel free to draw our own conclusions from Girardi’s comments that Ivan Nova is healthy and came through a simulated game with no problem. He basically announced Nova as a Saturday starter, without actually making the move official.

Then he said this…

Asked whether Nova’s return could start a competition between Nova and Phil Hughes for a spot in the big league rotation, Girardi’s answer was yes, then it was no.

“There could be,” he said. “I’m not going to say that there will be, but we want our guys to compete all the time. We want guys to throw the ball well and earn their spots every time. As far as saying there’s a competition for Phil Hughes’ next start, I’m not saying that.”

Hughes embraced the idea.

“That’s how it always is,” he said. “That’s how I look at it. You know, if I go out there every time and am not good, there’s obviously going to be consequences from that, so that’s nothing new. I know I have to go out and pitch well, and today was certainly a lot better than last time. And I’ll try to work on some things and build off this outing.”




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