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A.J. Burnett prepares for ALCS start with simulated game

Oct 13, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

A.J. Burnett went unused in the ALDS, but the Yankees will need him to make one start in the ALCS. He hasn’t pitched since October 2, so to shake some of the rust off Burnett is scheduled to throw four or five innings in a simulated game today.
Javier Vazquez and Chad Gaudin will also get some work in after being left off the ALDS roster, but Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger notes that Game 1 starter CC Sabathia “will stick to throwing extra side sessions” to keep sharp during the long layoff.
Francisco Cervelli caught Burnett in 25 of his 33 starts this season, but the Yankees have given no indication whether he’ll be behind the plate instead of Jorge Posada when Burnett takes the mound against the Rangers. Much has been made of Burnett and Posada not working well together and when paired up the battery has a 5.61 ERA in 24 starts.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 13, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Anyone else doubt the Yankers will throw Burnett if they are down 2-1?

  2. Buffalo - Oct 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    I agree, I was just saying that to someone else yesterday! Pencil him in where ever they hope he might be effective but it will come down to the series record that should determine if he gets scratched or not come that day…..

  3. Old Gator - Oct 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Let him warm up to break out the rigor mortis, indeed.
    Then pray for rain.

  4. Pisano - Oct 13, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    God forbid , don’t let that loser anywhere near the mound .

  5. Utley's hair - Oct 13, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    What are his W-L, WHIP and ERA in simulated games?

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