Yankees to give Dustin Moseley a start

CLEVELAND -- In the competition to replace Andy Pettitte in the New York Yankees' starting rotation, Sergio Mitre has officially failed his audition. Next up, Dustin Moseley.

On Monday afternoon, Yankees manager Joe Girardi named Moseley -- a 28-year-old journeyman who has made four appearances, all in relief, for the Yankees since being recalled from Triple-A Scranton on July 2 -- as his starting pitcher for Thursday's game against the Cleveland Indians. Mitre, making his first appearance in a major league game since going on the disabled list on June 15 with an oblique strain that caused him to miss 32 games, started and took the loss in Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals, allowing seven runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings.

"We just felt Serge isn't quite there yet," Girardi said. "There was inconsistency in his stuff, probably from the long layoff, and I just didn't see the crispness in his pitches. I don't think he's physically ready to do it. He probably needed more time."

Moseley -- 0-0 with a 4.22 ERA in 10 1/3 innings pitched in middle relief -- worked his longest outing of the season on Saturday, when he threw 4 2/3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of Mitre. Moseley threw 53 pitches Saturday, and in his previous outing had thrown 75 pitches in a three-inning stint against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 17. For his career, Moseley is 8-7 with a 5.41 ERA in parts of five major league seasons, four of which were spent with the Los Angeles Angels.

"Serge wasn't a guy who had thrown 75-90 pitches," Girardi said. "Dustin is more built up, so that's the way we're going to go for now."

Asked if he intended to continue with a patchwork rotation until Pettitte -- who is expected to be out for up to five weeks with a left groin strain -- is able to return, Girardi said: "We're not exactly sure how many starts Andy is going to miss. We'll just evaluate it every start and see what we need to do."

Wallace Matthews is a columnist for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.