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A-Rod the “wild card” (updated)

Posted by: Rick Carpiniello - Posted in Lineup, Misc on Sep 03, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi still hasn’t posted a lineup, but he said he’s waiting on Alex Rodriguez to hit and take ground balls and see if he’s ready to play. Girardi said he expects A-Rod to play third if he plays. Called him the “wild card” that will decide what the lineup looks like.

Girardi also said that Mark Teixeira will not be in the lineup and that Jesus Montero could make his Yankee Stadium debut.

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Girardi added that Nick Swisher will play first, that Francisco Cervelli will catch, that both Gardner and Granderson will play. Andruw Jones is in right.

And that he still has not made a decision on the five-man rotation, but that both Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett are preparing as if they will make the start Wednesday. “The decision doesn’t have to be permanent,” Girardi said. He also said “You have to look at it as how it effects the whole team” in regards to the part of the equation surrounding which starter would be better in the bullpen. “I want to think about it a little more,” Girardi said.

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