The auditions by Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes to stay in the Yankees’ rotation aren’t going great.
Garcia gave up five runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 Monday night in losing to the Twins after throwing five wild pitches in his first start at Baltimore, and he only made it through 4 2/3 in that one, a no-decision. His ERA stands at 6.97. Hughes hasn’t made it through five yet. He’s 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA after two starts.
But there are more auditions coming for them, still time to try to save their spots. Andy Pettitte could have four or five minor-league starts left before he’s ready. Michael Pineda hasn’t started his rehab assignment, but he did throw 28 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday, using his full assortment. Girardi said he will throw another bullpen session in two or three days, and then they’ll see what’s next. Girardi also said he isn’t going to go with a six-man rotation.
“We’ve got to see how guys are throwing,” Joe Girardi said. “I think that’s the easiest way to do it. We’re all assuming that Andy’s going to get back to where he is. I’m one of those guys who kind of has that belief, too. But we’ve got to make sure.
“I try not to worry about things that aren’t right in front of me. We’re a ways away. As a manager, you’ve got enough issues to handle on that day and the next two days that I try not to think 25 days ahead. … Issues that come up, I’m not going to try to predict them.”
What do you think is going to happen? Garcia or Hughes to the pen and Pineda to the minors? We’ll probably see next month.