Monday: Shane Greene
Tuesday: Masahiro Tanaka
Wednesday: Brandon McCarthy
Because McCarthy is in line to make his Yankees debut on the day Chase Whitley was scheduled to start, Whitley will move into the bullpen for the time being. If the Yankees don’t need out of the bullpen, then he could be a candidate to start Thursday or during the weekend Baltimore series.
“Right now he’ll be in the bullpen until we get this ironed out,” Joe Girardi said. “If we don’t need him out of the bullpen, he could start again for us. … A lot of this depends on tomorrow.”
Speaking of tomorrow, that will be Shane Greene’s second big league appearance but his first big league start. He got off to a slow start this season, but in his past two Triple-A starts, he’s pitched 13 scoreless innings with six hits. Given the fact that Whitley is approaching his career-high in innings and hasn’t looked particularly sharp lately, it seems there could be at least a chance for Greene to impress the Yankees on Monday, earn another start over the weekend, and possibly move Whitley into a bullpen role that should keep his workload in check.
“Every opportunity is an opportunity to shine and get more opportunities,” Girardi said.
By the way, the Yankees will eventually go back to a full bench, but that won’t happen tomorrow. Girardi said he wants to carry 13 pitchers until he has enough guys rested and available to feel comfortable carrying only 12. At some point, the Yankees will add a bat to replace Alfonso Soriano, we just don’t know when or who.
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