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Decisions ahead for Girardi?

New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova throws

New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova throws to the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of an interleague baseball game in Cincinnati. (June 20, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

With Phil Hughes making his second rehab start for Double-A Trenton on Friday night and Bartolo Colon throwing his first bullpen session in Tampa since going on the disabled list, the time might be nearing when the Yankees actually have their full pitching staff healthy and Joe Girardi must make some decisions.

“My hope is that we have everybody healthy, but that really hasn’t been the case here,’’ Girardi said. “Sometimes things have a way of working their way out. I want to have to make a decision, but thrown so well in the rotation that it’s pretty hard to take him out of the rotation.’’

That suggests that Colon is a lock to start and the real decision could involve Freddy Garcia or Ivan Nova. But the decision is a ways off yet. Commenting on Colon’s 31-pitch bullpen session, Girardi said: “I heard he threw all his pitches. He threw well. He’s going to throw somewhat of a simulated game on Monday. Our plans are for him to throw about 50 pitches. We’ll have to see how he feels.’’

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