Over the winter a reporter asked Yankees manager Joe Girardi if he would consider going with a six-man rotation this season and he said no. But that was back in the days where A.J. Burnett would have been one of the six men. Now that it is Andy Pettitte in the fold has Girardi changed his mind?
“I should not say never, but no, no, no,” Girardi told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com of a potential six-man rotation.
Girardi also said that once he’s ready to go, Pettitte will join the Yankees rotation. He’s probably going to need a full 6-7 weeks that spring training normally takes so he won’t be joining the staff until the beginning of May. When he does, he’ll be bumping somebody who has been a part of it for a full month.
“That’s something we all have to talk about, but we didn’t sign him for him not to pitch here,” Girardi said. “We signed him because we thought he could really help us, but you have to evaluate everything as it moves forward.”
There is a good chance that this entire thing will take care of itself as these things tend to do. When the season starts though there will be one person on the outside of the rotation looking in and once Pettitte joins the team there will be another.