Girardi confirms Kuroda skipped his between-starts bullpen session

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Via Chad Jennings: Hiroki Kuroda skipped his usual between-starts bullpen session on Saturday. “Sometimes guys just skip their bullpens,” said Joe Girardi, which is actually true. This is noteworthy, however, because Kuroda stopped throwing bullpens between his starts all together last September due to fatigue. He modified his offseason routine in an effort to stay fresh later into the season.

Kuroda, 38, has been outstanding overall this season, pitching to a 2.89 ERA and 3.50 FIP in 171.1 innings across 27 starts. He was brutal in August though, with a 5.12 ERA and 4.04 FIP in five starts and 31.2 innings. Fatigue set in late last year and Kuroda’s performance similarly slipped down the stretch — he did bounce back and was outstanding in the postseason — so it’s fair to wonder if he’s going through the same thing now. The Yankees will have a very hard time making a serious run at a wildcard spot if Kuroda is anything less than an ace, so hopefully this is just a bump in the road and little rest does the trick.

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  • trr

    Let’s hope he’s back on track tonight!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Whatever works.

  • jjyank

    Come on, Hiroki. For the Yankees, and to keep my fantasy team ahead of MannyGeee’s team and hold onto first place!

  • John C

    he needs to be like the old Hiroki tonight cause Yanks don’t figure to score much against Sale

  • Greg

    Kuroda, Nova and pray for rain!