The Yankees have been expected to cut their rotation back from six starters to five all week long and before yesterday’s game manager Joe Girardi even indicated that he had made a decision regarding that. However, after the game Girardi said that he changed his mind and will not go back to a five man rotation, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.
“Guys made some progress when we went to Boston and … there’s no rush to make this decision,” Girardi said. “We said let’s go through it again and see what happens. Let’s see if the progress continues. If we stay to it, we stay to it.”
It sounds like Girardi was ready to cut A.J. Burnett out of the rotation over Phil Hughes, but because of his strong (relatively speaking) start in Boston he has kept himself in the rotation, for one more turn through at least.
If Burnett was indeed the one who would have been cut it is just as well that they stick with six starters for now. Burnett has almost no experience whatsoever in coming out of the bullpen and likely would have disappeared or just become a mop-up man in blowouts. With a playoff spot firmly in hand, it won’t kill the Yankees to keep him in the rotation for now although it could end up costing them the AL East.