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Monday, April 16, 2012
Girardi keeping an eye on the bullpen


Ar534 Rafael Soriano imploded in the seventh inning of Sunday's 11-5 win over the Angels, manager Joe Girardi said that he believes Soriano's lack of activity played a role in the poor inning. Soriano hadn't pitched since Wednesday's win against Baltimore.

"We probably got to get him some more regular work," Girardi said.

That same train of thought led to Girardi using Boone Logan to pitch the ninth inning, as the left-hander also had not pitched since Wednesday.

"We haven't had to use him so we have to keep him sharp," Girardi said.

For all the talk about Girardi and his binder, the manager has done a very good job managing the bullpen. He's usually very good at giving guys days off and using them regularly. His attentiveness shows why the Yankees bullpen has performed well under Girardi.

With those appearances by Soriano and Logan last night, all Yankees relievers for the year are now in the same ballpark in terms of total appearances. Here's the breakdown:

Logan: Four games (4 IP)
Soriano: Three games (3 IP)
David Phelps: Three games (8 1/3 IP)
Clay Rapada: Four games (2 IP)
Mariano Rivera: Four games (3 1/3 IP)
David Robertson: Five games (5 1/3 IP)
Cory Wade: Three games (5 IP)

With Girardi wanting to keep his guys fresh, don't be surprised if there are Rivera and Wade sightings against the Twins on Monday. Rivera last pitched on Wednesday against the Twins, and Wade hasn't pitched an inning since Tuesday.