First Pitch: Who should go?

May, 30, 2013
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Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are expected back with the Yankees on Friday.

Given that the Yankees, who have lost four straight, can’t score many runs right now, that’s a good thing.

Andy Pettitte is supposed to join them sometime next week.

That said, who do you think should go to make room for the veteran trio?

Of note: Manager Joe Girardi said he wants to carry 12 pitchers. The Yankees are currently carrying 13, which means two hurlers have to be subtracted to meet that number.

Here are the likely candidates:

Vidal Nuno: Nuno, a 25-year-old left-hander, gets the start on Thursday night against the Mets. He is 1-1 with 1.93 ERA in four games (two starts). With Pettitte returning to the rotation, Nuno is the obvious candidate to be pulled out.

Preston Claborne: Claborne, a 25-year-old right-hander, retired all five batters he faced in place of an ineffective David Phelps Wednesday night. Claborne has allowed just one run over 14 2/3 innings since his promotion from the minors, which equates to a 0.61 ERA. It would be tough to send him down, but with Joba Chamberlain back, he may have to go.

Ivan Nova: Nova, 26, was impressive in relief of Phelps, allowing just one run and striking out six over five effective innings. His season ERA is down to 5.16. It was a great step toward eventually returning to the rotation. But would Nova be better-served starting every five days in Triple-A?

Reid Brignac: Brignac is hitting just .071 since being acquired by the Yankees. His versatility on defense is nice, but that’s about it.

David Adams: Adams, 26, has played quite well since being called up, hitting .265. He can’t play shortstop but can man third, second and first base if necessary. Doesn’t look like he’s going to stick around with a glut of corner infielders already on the roster.

Again, what moves do you think the Yankees should make? Let us know in the comments section below.

UP NOW: Wallace Matthews writes that Teixeira and Youkilis coming back is nice, but their returns won’t fix all the Yankees’ problems. I did a blog which mainly focuses on Phelps’ poor outing. And Kieran Darcy has the latest on the surging Metropolitans.

ON DECK: Andrew Marchand, Adam Rubin and Ian O’Connor have you covered for ESPNNewYork.com as the 2013 version of the Subway Series comes to a close Thursday night in the Bronx. It’ll be Nuno (1-1, 1.93 ERA) for the Yankees going against Mets righty Dillon Gee (2-6, 6.34). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRM. Teixeira 21
RBIJ. Ellsbury 70
RB. Gardner 82
OPSB. Gardner .752
ERAH. Kuroda 3.77
SOH. Kuroda 137