Joe Girardi indicated he probably will have his six-man rotation down to five by Sunday.
“We’re going to try to make our decision before we go into Kansas City,” Girardi said about Monday’s start to the road trip.
So does he know already what he’s going to do?
“Let’s just say if I did know, I’m going to announce it here today before we’re through with the rotation?” Girardi said. “No, it doesn’t make sense to me. It’s something we’ll continue to monitor. And you don’t know what’s going to happen in the next (few days). You have no idea.”
*Bartolo Colon will start today. He hasn’t given the Yankees as much distance the last two starts, going five innings and then 4 2/3, although he only allowed two runs each time. Overall, though, Colon is 8-6 with a 3.33 ERA over 113 2/3 innings and 20 games, including 17 starts.
“He’s been the biggest surprise all year for us, pleasant surprise,” Girardi said, “because when he came to spring training, we had no idea what we were going to get from him. When we started the season, we weren’t sure how many innings we were going to get from him. He’s probably exceeded every one of our expectations. He’s one of the reason we are where we’re at.”
So will he be in the playoff rotation?
“I’m not going to get into that,” Girardi said. “Let’s just get to the playoffs first and then I can announce the rotation.”
Girardi doesn’t have any anxiety about what the 38-year-old Colon might have left for the rest of the season.
“I think the expectation from what I’ve seen is that he’ll just continue to do this now,” Girardi said. “Earlier on, I was a little bit worried about the innings as they started to mount. But now when I watch him pitch, I thought when he pitched against Boston (last Friday), he had some of the higher velocity we’d seen in the last four or five starts, some of the better stuff. So that made me feel pretty good.”
*Jorge Posada is buried on the bench now, but he will resurface at some point.
“There are days I’m going to put him in there as a possible DH,” Girardi said. “He might be at first base and you DH Tex. There are some different things I can do. But obviously, yes, he’s going to need to play. I don’t have a game right now, though.”
*Alex Rodriguez is still on track to start his rehab assignment tomorrow as a DH. Girardi wasn’t sure about how long A-Rod would play at third Saturday in his second game, mentioning five or six innings as possibilities.
“I would think by Minnesota (Thursday) we’ll have him back,” Girardi said. “Will we have him in Kansas City? I don’t know.”