There were six pitchers for five spots, but with the now confirmed news that Michael Pineda does have shoulder tendentious, the heated competition will pause for a moment until Andy Pettitte decides he is ready to go.
Pineda will start the season on the 15-day DL and Yankee fans can only that hope this injury doesn’t linger.
So, here is the official 2012 Yankees starting pitching rotation:
1) CC Sabathia
2) Hiroki Kuroda
3) Phil Hughes
4) Ivan Nova
5) Freddy Garcia
This is the order that came right from Girardi, as confirmed via tweet from the Star Ledger’s Mark Craig, who meant to say Kuroda, and not Pineda behind Sabathia. No biggie…easy mistake.
How the heck Hughes is in the third spot is beyond me but don’t worry I will address the fact that Hughes is undeserving of pitching third, but that topic needs its own post.
Otherwise, this is not the rotation Yankee fans were hoping for or expecting, as Pineda was the off-season’s shiny, new toy that everyone was ecstatic to see. Hopefully it won’t be too long until that day comes.