Pregame Notes: Outfield rotation to end

BALTIMORE -- In Wednesday's lineup, Joe Girardi went with Ichiro Suzuki in right and shifted Curtis Granderson to center. The reason? Ichiro is a .500 hitter in 14 at-bats against Jason Hammel.

Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki

#31 RF
New York Yankees

2013 STATS

  • GM40
  • HR2

  • RBI8

  • R15

  • OBP.280

  • AVG.241

"He has good numbers against Hammel," Girardi said. "Like I said, I'm going to move it around a little bit and let it iron itself out. This way, Gardy gets a couple of days."

The Yankees are off on Thursday before playing in Tampa on Friday.

If there are no injuries, Girardi will eventually settle one outfield to play every day. The most likely scenario would seem to have Vernon Wells, Gardner and Granderson from left to right.

"I think at some point you will get to the point where you are trying to put the same lineup out there every day," Girardi said.

VIDAL, SO SOON: Vidal Nuno may have lost Tuesday's game, but it didn't dim his boss' view of him. Nuno will start on Saturday in Tampa, flanked by David Phelps on Friday and CC Sabathia on Sunday.

The main reason for the move is that Girardi wants to give Sabathia an extra day of rest; especially with the Yankees facing a long stretch of consecutive games.

"After this day off, it is 17 days in a row," Girardi said.

As for Sabathia, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said he wasn't putting hitters away with two strikes on Monday. Sabathia went 6 1/3 and gave up four runs. He only struck out two batters.

"Overall, the stuff was OK," Rothschild said. "It wasn't the best you will ever see from him. He pitched really well with it all year."

Rothschild said that the difference with those two-strike pitches isn't velocity.

"It is just executing the pitch," Rothschild said.

INJURY REPORT: Andy Pettitte (trapezius) will play catch on Thursday. After that, Girardi said the plan is for some long toss, a bullpen and then a simulated game. It is uncertain if Pettitte will be come off the DL when he is eligible next week. ... Mark Teixeira (wrist) and Kevin Youkilis (back) each got six at-bats in Tampa on Wednesday in a simulated game. ... Alex Rodriguez (hip) had a day off. ... Joba Chamberlain (oblique) threw 13 pitches and felt good. He is expected to have another rehab outing before being ready to return to the big club. ... Ivan Nova (triceps) threw a light side, but the Yankees aren't rushing anything with him.