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Yankees skipping Hiroki Kuroda’s turn in the rotation

Aug 13, 2014, 11:50 AM EST

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Hiroki Kuroda is the last pitcher standing in the Yankees’ injury wrecked original starting rotation, but now the team has decided to skip the 39-year-old’s next turn in the rotation.

However, it’s apparently not injury related, as general manager Brian Cashman revealed to George King of the New York Post that manager Joe Girardi “told me that he wanted to give him some extra rest.”

Kuroda faded down the stretch last season and has already logged 147 innings at age 39, so “extra rest” is certainly plausible. On the other hand, last month Girardi hinted that they’d be counting on Kuroda to assume a normal workload due to the team’s other veteran starters going down with injuries.

Kuroda finished last season by going 0-6 with a 6.56 ERA, but this year he has a 3.66 ERA since July 1 and has thrown 110 or more pitches just once all season.

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  1. pete2112 - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    I would say at this point the door is closing pretty quickly for the Yankees this season. I’m not sure they have the luxury of skipping starts from Kuroda.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      He’s hitting a way around 75-80 pitches, and his August slide started even earlier this year. He could use the rest.

      But your point still stands, the Yanks likely can’t afford it.

      • pete2112 - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        I know he’s not giving them a lot of innings but he’s usually good enough to keep them in games. I just think saving his arm for a meaningless game down the stretch doesn’t serve much of a purpose when they need his stuff now and it sounds like he’s retiring after the season anyway so why hold back. Unfortunately their offense is usually more of the liability than Kuroda’s lack of pitches/innings per game. Maybe they should rest the entire lineup.

    • 4cornersfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      He hasn’t been very effective lately. It’s not like he is a guaranteed win when he goes out there.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    If he pitched poorly in the last month and a half last season, it is probably best that they give him a rest. Sacrifice one start now in the hope that he will be strong during the last 6 weeks of the season. On the other hand, as a Jays fan, I hope that he is pooped out when the Jays face him again.

    • pete2112 - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      It sounds like it’s going to be a Toronto, Seattle, Anaheim and Kansas City or Detroit race for the final wildcard spot and should be fun to watch. I think the Yankees will be left looking from the outside, but they could certainly play a spoiler for the Jays.

      Sadly, I’m already thinking about next season and shifting my excitement to football. It’s the new reality for Yankees fans and we better get used to it.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        Too early to give up hope. It is so unpredictable and anything can happen.

      • pete2112 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        I really got my hope up last week when they out pitched Detroit and looked decent and I started to feel that maybe there was a shot, but then they lose the series to the Indians and have looked horrible against Baltimore, thus far. I feel bad for some of the starters as they’ve done more than anyone ever expected and deserve some run production in return.

  3. bigmeechy74 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    They have the best 1-2 punch of any rotation in MLB. Mccarthy is every bit as good as Felix and Kershaw and Shane Greene has surpassed Strasburg and Price. LOL this teams run differential is like minus 40. Every other team with a similar record is in the plus department. The yankees are so cheesy

    • pete2112 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      McCarthy and Greene have been the lone bright spot with regard to the starters for the Yankees. If the Yankees scored some runs this season would look a lot different. Not to mention Tanaka not pitching since early July. I’m not sure how you classify the Yankees as “cheesy” when they’ve have to patch together a starting pitching staff most of the season.

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        because they should be about 20 games under .500. Greene had over a 4.70 ERA in the minors for crissakes. For no reason guys like chris capuano are good. And their whole team consists of players that are 5 years past their prime. They don’t have a single good young player on the team. How on earth are they still in the thick of the race. Their best player by far is Brett Gardner

      • pete2112 - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        Well you sure have it all figured out. Do you have any predictions on how bad they will be next season because you seem to be some sort of guru on baseless facts. And you’re right, 25 year old Tanaka is definitely 5 years past his prime.

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        Every thing I said is true and obviously I know Tanaka is awesome but I’m talking about the guys that are playing right now. Not injured ones

  4. jfk69 - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Makes sense as Pineda is ready to go. Kuroda barely making 6 innings lately. Will find out real quick if Pineda is fully back without the pine tar.

  5. pisano - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    How about the entire team skipping the rest of the season.

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