Scattered Clouds 39° Good Afternoon
Scattered Clouds 39° Good Afternoon

Girardi sets early spring rotation and other notes from a chilly day (for down here)

Chad Gaudin gets a chance to make the first impression of spring as Joe Girardi named him Saturday as the starter for Wednesday's opener against the Pirates here in Tampa.

March 3 vs. PIT Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre, Alfredo Aceves
March 4 at PHI CC Sabathia (vs. Roy Halladay)
March 5 vs. TB Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain
March 6 vs. TOR A.J. Burnett
March 7 at MIN Mitre, Gaudin (Andy Pettitte will stay back and thrown a simulated game)
March 8 vs. PHI (SS) Javier Vazquez
March 8 at PIT (SS) Alfredo Aceves
March 9 vs. PIT CC Sabathia
March 10 at DET Chamberlain, Hughes
March 11 vs. ATL Burnett
March 12 at WAS Pettitte
March 13 vs. BAL (SS) Vazquez
March 13 at DET (SS) TBA

Girardi said Pettitte won't make the 2-2 1/2 hour trip to the Fort Myers area for the Twins game as a preventative measure.

“That’s an awful long trip, in a sense, to Minnesota,” Girardi said.  “Andy in the past has had some back issues so we’re just kind of protecting him. And that way we can split it between Sergio and Chad again.”

*** Ugly weather (not nearly as bad as everyone has it up north) pushed most of today's workout indoors. CC Sabathia was supposed to throw a live BP session, which has been pushed to tomorrow.

*** Girardi said if tomorrow was opening night in Boston, he would not be settled on a lineup (which makes sense considering we haven't had opening day yet in spring training).

"I can tell you three of the guys that will be in there," Girardi said. "We’ve talked about 2, 5, 6, and 7 we really have to evaluate in spring training so to give you a lineup, we’re just not ready to do that."

Girardi said when he does settle on a lineup, he would like it to have as much permanence as possible.

"We used the same lineup a lot last year, 2008 we weren’t able to do it because of injuries," Girardi said. "But I like guys getting used to hitting in a certain spot in relationship to the hitters around them. I believe that’s a relationship that develops. You like to do that, but sometimes you get in platoon situations where you can’t do that, sometimes you have injuries and you can’t do that. Sometimes you just think it’s time to make a change in your lineup and you can’t do that. But it’s nice to have a fairly set lineup."

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