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Joe Girardi to use six-man rotation the rest of the way

Michael Pineda of the New York Yankees pitches

Michael Pineda of the New York Yankees pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Michael Pineda is scheduled to return to the rotation Wednesday night but that won't mean someone will be dropped out of it.

Though it hardly qualifies as a dramatic move given how often the Yankees have tried to provide extra rest now for their starters this season, particularly in the second half, Joe Girardi said Saturday the plan is to employ a six-man rotation the rest of the season.

Girardi said Masahiro Tanaka, originally slated to pitch Wednesday, will instead start Friday in Atlanta.

As for Pineda, he allowed one run, three hits and no walks in 42/3 innings Friday night for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"I threw it good last night," said Pineda, on the DL since July 30 with a right forearm flexor strain. "I feel ready to pitch up here."

Rest for A-Rod

Girardi gave Alex Rodriguez, who posted a .159/.275/.290 slash line the previous 18 games, the day off, using Brian McCann, who homered in the first, as the DH instead.

"It's been a lot of days in a row and it's a day game after a night game," Girardi said of resting A-Rod, who had homered twice in his previous four games, including a go-ahead grand slam Tuesday against the Twins.

As for McCann, Girardi said he wanted to give the catcher a day out of the crouch.

"I think it helps anytime that you don't have to put the catcher's gear on and squat 130, 140 times a day," Girardi said. "Hopefully, it helps."

Mitchell to throw in pen

Bryan Mitchell, who suffered a nasal fracture and concussion Monday when he was hit with a line drive, is scheduled to throw a bullpen Sunday.

"It's really pretty incredible considering what it could have been," Girardi said. "He still has some stitches that need to be removed, but it's pretty remarkable."

Girardi said the 24-year-old, on the seven-day concussion DL, has not experienced anymore symptoms.

"So far everything he's done has been good," Girardi said. "He's run, he's played catch, he's done flat ground a little bit. Everything's been good."

Girardi said Mitchell would first face hitters or appear in a rehab game before being activated.

Slow going for Teixeira

Mark Teixeira, out since leaving Monday's game with a bone bruise, will "try" to take BP on the field before Sunday's game, Girardi said.

But the manager added: "He's still hurting. We'll see where he's at."


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