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A.J. Burnett might get bumped out of the rotation

Aug 28, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

A.J. Burnett was hammered for nine runs (eight earned) over 3 1/3 innings in a 9-4 loss to the White Sox last night.

When Yankees manager Joe Girardi was asked if Burnett would remain in the starting rotation, he hinted that he could make some changes, reports Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger.

“We’ll evaluate after this weekend where we are and what we need to do,”
Girardi said. “Take it the way you want to take it… we’ll do what we
have to do.”

It looked like Burnett was back on track after he went 3-1 with 2.00 ERA
in five starts last month, but including Friday’s loss, the high-priced
right-hander has allowed 26 earned runs over 30 innings (7.80 ERA) in

It’s difficult to keep pushing Burnett out there, but it’s not like the Yankees have many alternatives. Andy Pettitte isn’t expected to return until the middle of September and Javier Vazquez was recently ousted from the rotation in favor of rookie right-hander Ivan Nova. I think we’re probably looking at a spot-start situation. The recently-activated Sergio Mitre piggybacked Burnett’s poor outing last night and tossed 4 1/3 shutout innings, so he seems like the most likely candidate.

  1. Proudly Canadian - Aug 28, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    LOL! Keep him in the rotation pleezzee!

  2. Ditto65 - Aug 28, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Canadians spell funny.

  3. Old Gator - Aug 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Len! You gonna let Beaver Breath get away with that?
    Burnett has always been a one man wild card. He can be unhittable for weeks and a batting practice coach the next day. His focus is about as acute as a mole with cataracts. Girardi probably would be the better part of cautious by moving him to the pen for a week or so. He might also attach sensors to his nipple rings to monitor his biorhythms.

  4. Proudly Canadian - Aug 28, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I learned how to spell from Old Gator.

  5. Ditto65 - Aug 28, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    I was thinking electric leads, but sensors work, too. I guess.

  6. Pisano - Aug 28, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    The thing that is really depressing about this situation is the Yankees have three more years after this one with this loser . In looking back on his time in NY , the only thing he’s done well is last years playoffs and world series . I wish he could be put back in Canada , but I’m sure they don’t want his erratic ass either .

  7. Proudly Canadian - Aug 28, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Relax! The Yankees only have to worry about the next 2 years. As we learned in Toronto, Burnett pitches quite well in a contract year.

  8. Old Gator - Aug 28, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    And you were far and away my most tractable ESL student.

  9. Old Gator - Aug 28, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    We only had his arbitration eligibility to go by, and the principle didn’t hold. I guess once he got too far north to grow his own, he began regarding his situation from the perspective of what was to his advantage.

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