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Saturday's doubleheader will tax Joe Girardi's pitching staff

New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova delivers

New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Thursday night's rainout against the Blue Jays won't disrupt Joe Girardi's rotation.

But that doesn't mean the manager's overall pitching staff won't take a hit as a result of the doubleheader the Yankees face Saturday.

"It's not ideal for your pitching because your thought process is you're probably not going to use relievers twice in a day," he said. "You might, depending on how hard they were worked and their workload before. But it just changes your flexibility in a sense."

Rookie Luis Severino, originally scheduled to start Thursday night, instead will start Friday night, followed by Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda in a yet-to-be-determined order in Saturday's single-admission doubleheader. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch Sunday -- on four days' rest for only the fourth time this season -- and CC Sabathia is likely to kick off the three-game series against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Monday night.

Adam Warren probably would have gotten the start Tuesday night, but he might be needed at some point this weekend. Said Girardi: "It taxes your pitching staff."

CC fine

Sabathia reported no issues with his right knee a day after his 42/3-inning outing against the Orioles. "Everything's on the up and up," he said. "Nothing to report."

Brett back

Brett Gardner was ready to return to the starting lineup Thursday night after being sidelined with a sore left shoulder. He crashed into the leftfield wall Saturday while making a catch. "He feels good," Girardi said. "We'll just keep our fingers crossed."

Beltran doing his best

It can be painful to watch 38-year-old Carlos Beltran pursue balls in rightfield, but Girardi said it is not because of a lack of effort. "I think Carlos has given us everything he has," he said. "Obviously, he doesn't run like he used to, we all know that. This was a guy that played centerfield Gold Glove-caliber, but I think he gives us everything he has."

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