TAMPA, Fla. -- Joe Girardi keeps saying the Yankees' battle for the final two rotation spots could go right down to the end of camp.
General manager Brian Cashman, however, said Saturday he wants to make the decisions earlier than that. "We're going to have to make a call here shortly because we're going to keep stretching whoever we choose out and start settling people into defined roles," he said. "So that's going to come sooner [rather] than later."
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When told he had contradicted Girardi, he said: "Oops."
Ivan Nova appears to be a near-lock for one spot after his six innings of no-hit ball against the Orioles on Wednesday. Cashman would not confirm that. "I wouldn't say that before we had our full-fledged meetings," he said.
Still, it's likely the meetings will come down to which veteran righthander to keep: Freddy Garcia, 34, who won 12 games with the White Sox last season, or Bartolo Colon, 37, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009. "We're going to have to make a tough call: Who do we think's going to help us going forward," Cashman said. "We have to make a bet. We have to bet on somebody."