Girardi wants to set five-man rotation soon

Girardi wants to set five-man rotation soon

Girardi wants to set five-man rotation soon
NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi expressed his desire to return to a five-man rotation sometime early next week, which would finally get his starting pitchers back on a regular schedule.

Of course, the inevitable question that comes with such a decision is, "Who's the odd man out?"

With an injury to Freddy Garcia and make-up games popping up on the schedule, the trim down to five starters -- A.J. Burnett, C.C. Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Bartolo Colon and Garcia round out the current rotation -- has been delayed.

"We'll talk about it the next couple days," Girardi said Friday. "We didn't talk about it much today, but we'll have some time. We'll sit down and talk about it."

The move will likely be made Tuesday, when either Hughes (who took the loss Wednesday in Boston) or Burnett (who pitched Thursday) are scheduled to start. One of them likely will get bumped.

Burnett was 1-2 with a dismal 11.91 ERA in August before pitching well on Thursday against Boston. Hughes is 4-5 with a 6.75 ERA.

"I'd like to get to a five-man rotation, and if we feel that we need to spot-start someone, we can do that, as well," Girardi said. "If someone needs an extra day, we can do that, as well. We'd like to get down to a five-man rotation and get these guys on their regular routine."

Girardi also announced that Sabathia will pitch Sunday against the Blue Jays and Garcia will start Monday's game against the Orioles.