Sep
06

Pettitte’s bullpen, Curtis’s recall, and Swisher’s return

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This morning Alex Belth perfectly described New York City on Labor Day. The news is similar. It’s slow, peaceful, noncontroversial.

It’s official: Andy Pettitte will make a rehab start Wendesday. Mark Feinsand lets us know earlier that a short bullpen session would determine the rehab schedule. It sounds like everything went well. Girardi mentioned two rehab starts, presumably Wednesday and Monday, which would put him in line to return a week from Saturday. But there is always the chance he makes only one start and rejoins the team early next week.

Also, as expected, Colin Curtis has joined the team. That will help while Austin Kearns battles a sore index finger and Nick Swisher plays on a creaky knee. Chances are he won’t see much playing time; he’s just an insurance policy.

Finally, watch out for balls hit to the outfield today. The Yanks have Swisher, who isn’t running at full speed, in right and Marcus Thames in left. Brett Gardner will have to cover a ton of ground in center today.

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  • Total Dominication

    I knew Gardy would leave the leadoff spot when A-rod and Swisher returned, but it doesn’t make it any less depressing.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Agreed. I’d feel better about it if Jeter wasn’t OPSing .630 since July.

    • http://twitter.com/YanktheMike yankthemike

      yeah if he wasn’t “the face of the franchise” he’d be batting 7th or 8th. I was hoping BG would stick in the leadoff spot as well, but, like you, I wasn’t optimistic it would happen.

    • seimiya

      Agreed. :|

  • t

    Really don’t want them to rush Petitte. If we lost him for the playoffs the rotation suddenly looks very vulnerable. Sabathia/Burnett/Vasquez/?
    Yikes.

    • CBean

      They won’t rush Andy at all. They’ve already said he might make two rehab starts if necessary.

    • MikeD

      The Yankees have a two-game loss lead over the Rays for first place, which is tight, but more importantly a ten-game lead over the Red Sox for one of the two play-off spots. They can afford to give Andy a litle extra time to get ready. He’s key for the postseason rotation and they should work on whatever schedule gets him there healthy and sharp.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        The Yankees have a … ten-game lead over the Red Sox for one of the two play-off spots.

        Actually, it’s a 9.5 game lead, and it’s not over the Red Sox, it’s over the White Sox.

        The Sux are now in 3rd place in the division and the WC race.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          BUT….the “bridge work” is completed……….Lars Anderson has been called up….DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNN.

          Next thing you know Casey Kelly is throwing his 110 mph fastball, 12-11 curveball and 60 mph Bugs Bunny change, all combined with his incredible poise and feel for the game. The Yankees are doomed.

          DOOOOMED!!!!!!!!!!!

          • David (In Seattle)

            Actually, Kelly’s curve is 12-7-2-10-5. Slo Mo photography reveals it makes the outline of a pentagram as seen from the catcher’s point of view.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I don’t think they’re rushing Andy at all.

  • larryf

    Golson will definitely play in this game.

  • http://twitter.com/YanktheMike yankthemike

    Creaky Knee would make an awesome name for a fantasy team…mental note for next year.

  • Accent Shallow

    If Swisher isn’t running well, why have him play the field, or play at all? I’d rather see Golson or Curtis in right if Swisher’s knee is that bad.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Agreed. Makes no sense to risk him right now.

      • Zack

        It’s not even a Playoff Preview either, come on Joe

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    Well this will make the ‘Colin Curtis is better then Austin Kearns and Marcus Thames’ crowd happy.

    /i hate those people.

    • pat

      Those people exist?

      • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

        ::nods head::

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Yeeeep

    • Accent Shallow

      He’s a better defender than Thames, and . . . better at being left-handed than Kearns.

    • seimiya

      He beats them both at the ‘Cutest Rookie Ever’ stat. Very advanced stat, I’ll have you know.