Yanks will be starting both Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez in the outfield tonight with Swisher's hammy hurting and Gardner not due back from the DL until Thursday. Guess they couldn't find an injury for Freddy, whom Girardi hopes to find work in the bullpen as a long reliever.
Andy Pettitte pitches tonight in Tampa for the High-A farm club. If he gets in his 85-90 pitches, the Yanks will be tempted to insert him into the rotation next time around, assuming Phil Hughes sucks again on Tuesday night. If Hughes can find his way to respectability for a night, the Yanks may keep Pettitte in the minors for one more start.
David Phelps will start Thursday's game in KC, adding another piece to the pitching puzzle. The way things are going for these guys, Phelps will suck and D.J. Mitchell will hurl four innings in relief, followed by Freddy. Actually, Phelps has been pretty good so far (17 innings, 1.08 WHIP, 3.57 ERA). Yanks could use some good news somewhere. Maybe Phelps is this year's surprise pitching story.
Kuroda is coming off a good start against Texas (2 runs in 6.2 innings, just 5 hits). He needs to establish some consistency pretty soon.
This is the last game of April, the off-Broadway stage of the season. April reveals weaknesses that need to be overcome before the pennant races heat up in July and August. This Yankee team has its share of negatives. And it has a lot of positives. Somehow, though, it's the negatives that we dwell on. Not just the fans. Management does, too.
Edited by terrynever, 30 April 2012 - 10:33 AM.