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Will one last start be enough for A.J. Burnett?

092710aj.jpgYankees fans, raise your hands if you feel extremely confident with A.J. Burnett on the mound for a potential postseason start. Anyone?

Burnett said he was “frustrated” after taking this spanking by the Blue Jays on a Rogers Centre mound he used to call home, and with just one regular season start left before the Yankees need to decide how best to use Burnett, the clock is running out for adjustments to be made.
“I’m not going to let this bother me,” Burnett said. “It’s a rough night tonight, but I had a couple to deal with before this one. We’ll go again in five days. I’m not going to quit, I’m going to keep going at it. I’ll come here tomorrow with a good attitude and start working.”
Working with pitching coach Dave Eiland, Burnett said, at not grooving fastballs down the middle and hanging his breaking balls, to start. Already looking ahead to his next outing against the Red Sox, Burnett said he could hit the mattress tonight knowing his preparation had been done right, but he acknowledged the execution was lacking.
Still, Burnett said he expects to be included by Joe Girardi if and when the Yankees finally secure a postseason berth and can begin planning their pitching rotation for the American League Division Series.
“Joe’s going to make the decisions on his own,” Burnett said. “I can get in a groove. He saw what I did last year in the postseason. Everyone says the season doesn’t matter here, the postseason does. There you go. 
“… Last year is last year. That’s my answer to all the postseason questions. It’s tough to deal with at any stage. It’s frustrating, it’s disappointing. I constantly tip my hat to the bullpen guys, they slam the door every time I pitch.”
  • With a postseason berth still out there to be locked up, the Yankees will indeed start CC Sabathia tomorrow against the Blue Jays. 

Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland to return Tuesday

Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland will return Tuesday from his leave of absence, which began June 4. Joe Girardi did not offer details on where Eiland was during that time, but said he did keep tabs on the Yankees and watched some games. 

“I think as a coaching staff we function very well together,” Girardi said. “Guys had to step up in his absence. All of us had to step up, but it’s good to be whole again. I said all along that we were going to miss him, but I thought we did a good job of weathering the storm.” 

Joba rises to the occasion

Feeling better about the idea of Joba Chamberlain as the fourth starter in the postseason? The Yankees probably are. Chamberlain appeared back in form on Friday, firing six innings of three-run ball to log his first victory in a span of eight starts.

It must have helped to know that the ‘Joba Rules’ restrictions were finally relaxed and he was free to throw as many as 90 pitches — Chamberlain got to 86 and that was plenty as the Yankees coasted to a 9-5 victory over the Red Sox.

“You’ve just got to challenge yourself,” Chamberlain said. “There come points in your career when you’ve got to look yourself in the mirror and make an adjustment. I was at the point where I needed to do that, and it’s something I’ve had to learn at a young age, to do that quick.”

While the Yankees were in Anaheim, Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland sat down with Chamberlain and looked into his eyes. Girardi said that it wasn’t a reading of the riot act, but the point was made that the Yankees needed to see better results.

“We just had a discussion that we knew he was capable of pitching better and that we need to see him pitch better,” Girardi said.

It doesn’t seem like the outing will make the Yankees want to push Chamberlain into the American League Division Series, but they’ll need him if they get to the next rounds. This should make them feel better about that idea.

Yankees change the Joba Rules

Joba.jpgThe Yankees have made a significant alteration to the rules concerning right-hander Joba Chamberlain, as a result of his troublesome recent stretch.

Chamberlain will now pitch every fifth day in the rotation for the rest of the season but the Yankees will be cutting short his starts on a predetermined basis in the very near future, leaving him unable to qualify for victories in some cases — think four innings — and keeping him under his innings limit (believed to be 160). Having bullpen reinforcements beginning Sept. 1 will help this.

Then, as September comes to a close, his innings will be bumped back up so he will be capable to throw 100 pitches. Chamberlain said that he is happy about the move, which Joe Girardi had been talking about with Dave Eiland and Brian Cashman this week. Chamberlain was told about it this afternoon at the Stadium.

“It’s going to be something that’s good for all of us,” Chamberlain said.

More later…

Yanks will sleep on Wang’s next start

Wang.jpgThere has been no ironclad, definitive statement that Chien-Ming Wang will make his next start in the Yankees rotation after tonight’s clunker. There also hasn’t been a declaration that he won’t. Basically, it’s wait-and-see at this point.

“I’m not ready to make that decision right now,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in his office. “We’re seven minutes after the game, so it’s something we’ll discuss. I’ll sleep on it. In five days, somebody will be out there.”

That ‘somebody’ could be Phil Hughes, of course, if the Yankees choose to go that route. But the fact that Wang would be facing a bad Nationals team on Tuesday, at home in New York, could work in his favor. Maybe they’ll give him one more chance to straighten his mechanics out.

“It’s definitely frustrating for me,” Wang said through an interpreter. “I haven’t thrown a good ballgame in a while. It’s definitely frustrating.”

If I had to guess right now, I’d say the odds are 50-50. Think the Yankees aren’t confused? Check out this honest admission from Girardi, which he dropped after most of the reporters had left the room:

“Everyone kept asking, ‘When are you going to put him in the rotation? Hasn’t he shown you enough to put him in the rotation?'” Girardi said. “Now I’ve put him in the rotation, he struggles twice, and people are saying, ‘Why’d you put him in the rotation?’ He was pitching well, so we thought he was ready to go.”

What’s the problem, anyway? Dave Eiland said that Wang’s arm slot is all over the place and that he’s not able to take his bullpens out to the mound. Eiland seems a little perplexed by this, and even though he admits Wang isn’t back to where he was pre-injury in 2008, he says he’s convinced Wang is healthy enough to pitch in the big leagues. But he can’t command his pitches — he missed a lot low in the zone tonight — and that’s killing him.

“He’s got to take it out there with him,” Eiland said. “I can’t stand there behind the mound with him during the game.”

In this series, A.J. Burnett and Wang have combined to allow nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits and eight walks in 5 1/3 innings (11.81 ERA).

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