New York Yankees starting pitcher Javier Vazquez (31) throws in...

New York Yankees starting pitcher Javier Vazquez (31) throws in the top of the first inning against the Houston Astros. (June 12, 2010) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Javier Vazquez has pitched his way back into the Yankees' rotation.

Manager Joe Girardi announced before last night's game that Vazquez, put into the bullpen in the days after his start Aug. 21, would start Saturday against the Blue Jays. Dustin Moseley, who has mostly started in place of the injured Andy Pettitte, will shift to the bullpen.

"We like the way Javy's been throwing the baseball," Girardi said.

Girardi said pitching coach Dave Eiland made some "minor adjustments" with Vazquez's mechanics and they've paid off. Vazquez has allowed two runs in two relief appearances comprising nine total innings.

"His velocity has been more consistent, his offspeed stuff has been more consistent and his changeup has been good again," Girardi said. "I had said earlier that I thought he had lost his changeup a little bit and I think it's back, and that's an important pitch to him."

Girardi also said Moseley going to the bullpen might not be permanent.

"We might skip someone at some point," Girardi said, a hint at what might happen with Phil Hughes to get him under his innings limit or, perhaps, A.J. Burnett, who hadn't won since July 28 before getting the victory last night.

Jumping to conclusions

On Monday vice president of amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer and senior director of pro personnel Billy Eppler returned from an 11-day trip to Japan where they scouted, among others, 24-year-old pitcher Yu Darvish, one of the biggest names and most heralded players in the country. Oppenheimer said too much is being made of the trip.

"We were over there looking at numerous players," Oppenheimer said by phone Wednesday. "The fact we were there 11 days shows you that we were looking at a lot of people."

We're not leaving

The Yankees called "erroneous" a report originating from Florida that they're considering moving their spring training headquarters to Orlando from Tampa. The organization did say it's in "preliminary" discussions for a partial sale of its Class-A Tampa affiliate to a group of Orange County investors.

Extra bases

Derek Jeter entered last night in a 1-for-25 slump, but when asked if the Yankees were considering dropping him in the order, Girardi said, "I don't see that happening." . . . Alex Rodriguez (calf) took batting practice on the field Wednesday. He said he hasn't felt the calf and has run at about "50-60" percent in two running sessions, taking a "precautionary approach."

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