In replacing righthander Luis Ayala (strained lat muscle) in the bullpen, the Yankees narrowed their options to righty Hector Noesi and lefty Steve Garrison.
And though Joe Girardi would like a second lefthander in his bullpen, he and the Yankees are more comfortable with Noesi, 24. "You can talk about bringing up another lefty but if your best arms are righthanders, you're probably going to go with your righthanders," Girardi said. "And you talk about a guy like Steve Garrison, the only time he's really pitched out of the bullpen was for us in spring training. It's not something he's accustomed to doing."
Neither had pitched out of the bullpen in the early going of their respective minor-league seasons. Noesi allowed two runs in five innings in his lone spring start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while Garrison was 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA for Double-A Trenton.
Girardi said Noesi's presence could allow him to use Bartolo Colon, currently the long man, differently. "You could use him in some shorter spurts knowing you have [another] long guy in your bullpen," Girardi said.
No rotation changes
Girardi said Tuesday's rainout wouldn't significantly change his rotation plans, meaning Freddy Garcia, originally scheduled to make his regular-season debut Friday against the Rangers, will now pitch Saturday. Phil Hughes will pitch Thursday, followed by Ivan Nova, Garcia and CC Sabathia.
Bronx native Kemba Walker threw out the first pitch, cheered on by his UConn teammates, all of whom watched batting practice from the field and were honored before the game for their NCAA men's basketball championship. During BP Girardi saw freshman forward Roscoe Smith, a Baltimore native, wearing an Orioles cap and playfully took it away, replacing it with his Yankees cap.