With so much time on their hands, suddenly, between games, the Yankees will play simulated games on the field at Yankee Stadium Tuesday and Wednesday in an attempt to keep sharp between the end of the ALDS, which came Saturday night, and the beginning of the ALCS, which doesn't arrive until Friday night, at a yet-to-be determined location.
GM Brian Cashman said tomorrow's sim game, which will not be open to the public, will probably be pitched by a combination of Sergio Mitre, Joba Chamberlain, Dustin Moseley and some other little-used pitchers still to be decided. He also said it was possible that some of the starters -- CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes and now, A.J. Burnett -- might get some work because of the unusually long rest between starts. (When Sabathia opens the ALCS Saturday night, he will have gone 9 days between starts).
"Sometimes it's good to go the full five games, to avoid this situation,'' Cashman said. "I think for some of our guys, it will be good, and for others it might make them a little rusty. But I'd rather be in this situation than not.''