A.J. Burnett didn’t make the rotation for the ALDS.
But (here’s a scary thought Yankees fans) Burnett may be called on to start a game in the ALCS, assuming the Yankees put the Twins away in the ALDS.
Joe Girardi wouldn’t reveal his rotation plans for the ALCS with the Yankees one win from clinching a trip to the league championship.
But the Yankees will likely need a fourth starter unless Girardi decides that his starters can go on short rest.
Girardi went with CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes in the first three games of the ALDS.
Burnett is completing the second season of an $82.5 million, five-year contract. He was 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA in 2010.
Girardi said on Saturday that Burnett, who made the ALDS roster, pitched his normal bullpen session earlier this week. He may have also thrown a light side session.
Girardi refused to comment on the Yankees rotation for the ALCS.
“I’ll worry about the next round if we have to worry about the next round,” the manager said.