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Banuelos gets a start

New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain pours water

New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain pours water on his face after running in the outfield. (Feb. 15, 2011) Credit: AP

Manny Banuelos, the most exciting factor in a rather quiet Yankees camp, will start tonight against the Red Sox at Fort Myers. He was going to pitch anyway, but he will get the start because Sergio Mitre is going to sit it out as a precaution. Mitre has a sore muscle in his back, or the side of his back. He called it a lat muscle issue, although he said it feels better today than it did yesterday.

The setback will not affect Mitre's candidacy for one of the rotation jobs, Joe Girardi said. Mitre might pitch Thursday.

And the Yankees have been steadfast in saying that there is no way Banuelos, who just turned 20 yesterday, will make the Opening Day roster no matter how well he does this spring. Still, Girardi admitted that it will be quite interesting to see how the kid from Monterrey, Mexico does against the Red Sox, against a presumably regular lineup in the game to be televised by ESPN2.

Even if the hard-throwing lefty does get overhyped, Girardi said, that will be something he can learn from.

Girardi said that when Jorge Posada was sent down to Tampa to do a rehab assignment in 2009, he caught Banuelos and came back and told everyone in the Bronx, "You've got to see this kid"

Also, Girardi said that Joba Chamberlain has a sore muscle, like Mitre and is out for a couple days.

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