Yankees finalize ALDS roster
NEW YORK – The Yankees have finalized their roster for the American League Division Series, which begins on Friday at Yankee Stadium against the Detroit Tigers at 8:37 p.m. ET.
New York will carry an 11-man pitching staff in the first round, planning on having CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia to be the only hurlers tabbed for starts.
Sabathia would draw the assignment on short rest in a potential Game 4, while Nova would pitch a Game 5 on regular rest.
The eight-man bullpen is headed by closer Mariano Rivera, with Rafael Soriano and David Robertson serving as setup men. Boone Logan is the lone left-hander in the relief corps.
New York’s other relievers include Luis Ayala, Cory Wade and two hurlers who spent time in the team’s rotation this year: A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes, who both could offer the ability to pitch multiple innings if needed.
21-year-old rookie Jesus Montero has made the club as a backup catcher behind starter Russell Martin, with Jorge Posada expected to serve as the designated hitter and an emergency catcher during the ALDS.
Behind the starting infield of first baseman Mark Teixeira, second baseman Robinson Cano, shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees are carrying two backup infielders – Eric Chavez and Eduardo Nunez.
New York’s starting outfield of Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher will be backed up by both Andruw Jones and Chris Dickerson, the latter of whom offers a late-inning defensive replacement or pinch-running option.
Notable players bypassed for New York’s first-round roster included right-handers Bartolo Colon and Hector Noesi, left-hander Raul Valdes and catcher Austin Romine.