Javy in rotation? Not yet as A.J. goes Weds.

August, 31, 2010
8/31/10
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With Andy Pettitte scheduled to have another bullpen session and the shaky A.J. Burnett slated to start on Wednesday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi is not ready to return Javy Vazquez to the rotation yet.

"We haven't made any changes," Girardi said prior to Tuesday night's game. "Right now, we are on schedule."

That means Dustin Moseley is in the rotation for now. Girardi likely is going to wait to see how Burnett pitches on Wednesday against the A's. If Burnett fails again, then Vazquez could replace him. If Burnett pitches well, then Vazquez could still replace Moseley.

Girardi, who threatened to take Burnett out of the rotation after Burnett gave up a career-high nine runs, tried to act as if Wednesday was not an especially important start.

"I don't think so," Girardi said. "We will watch him to see how he is throwing. Hopefully, he gets on a roll and pitches a really good game. There is not a sense of panic on our part. We are going to let the guy pitch. We need him to pitch."

Meanwhile, Pettitte will have an extended bullpen session to test his groin prior to Wednesday's game. Pettitte might even simulate an inning, but he won't face batters.

"I would like to progress a little bit," Pettitte said.

Vazquez has shown enough progress that he could be back in the rotation soon. On Monday night, he pitched a very efficient 4 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win. Vazquez gave up just one run on two hits in 4 2/3 innings. He entered in the fifth with two men on and one out for the ineffective Moseley and Vazquez escaped unharmed.

All night, his stuff had more zip than it did at anytime over the last month. Vazquez even touched 90 on the radar gun, which is something he had not done recently.

In his seven starts before being demoted to the bullpen, Vazquez had a 6.69 ERA and hitters batted .327 against him.

"Javy has thrown the ball extremely well, his last two outings," Girardi said, referencing Monday and Vazquez' 4 1/3 innings of of one-run ball in Toronto last Wednesday.

Meanwhile Alfredo Aceves (back) is close to being ready, while Damaso Marte (shoulder) is still a ways away, according to Girardi
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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