NEW YORK -- The Yankees are proceeding as though A.J. Burnett will indeed be on the mound for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday, but they aren't yet ready to say whom his catcher will be.
Jorge Posada has started all six of New York's postseason games to this point, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi wouldn't say Monday if he was planning on catching Posada or backup Francisco Cervelli.
"We will worry about that [Tuesday]," Girardi said.
In last year's postseason, Burnett worked with backup Jose Molina for all five of his postseason starts. This year, Burnett worked with Cervelli in 25 games, pitching to a 4.66 ERA and .274 batting average against in 129 1/3 innings, compared with a 7.28 ERA and .340 batting average against in eight games and 38 1/3 innings with Posada.
"We are both confident with each other, and I have no worries Jorge can handle me," Burnett said. "I know he can handle me. Whoever is behind the plate, I'll be ready for it."
As for the continued speculation as to the identity of New York's Game 4 starter, general manager Brian Cashman did his best to douse it on Monday, saying there was "no wiggle room" to switch Burnett with CC Sabathia on short rest -- no matter the outcome of Game 3. Girardi said he felt no need to address the topic with Burnett.
"I've never sent a message that we're making a change," Girardi said. "I think if I would have said, 'You know what, depending on what happens in Game 3 is what we're going to do.' I've never said that. People have speculated. ... If A.J. had a question, he'd come right out and ask me."