The Yankees juggled their starting rotation for the three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks that begins Monday night in Phoenix.
Righthander Chad Green, who was called up on Saturday, will make his major-league debut Monday night. Green got the news from Joe Girardi after Sunday’s 7-5 win over the White Sox.
Green, whom the Yankees acquired from Detroit in the Justin Wilson trade, said he was “nervous” — and not just about taking a major-league mound for the first time.
Green, a lefthanded hitter, will have to bat against lefthander Robbie Ray in the interleague game.
“I haven’t hit since high school,” said Green, 24. “Should be interesting. I haven’t picked up a bat in a while.”
Green doesn’t own a bat or batting gloves. So what’s his plan when he steps into the batter’s box?
“I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Green was 2-3 with a 1.22 ERA at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. With Green inserted to replace the injured Luis Severino, Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi were pushed back a day each to Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
CC ya Friday
CC Sabathia has more than one reason to be thrilled about the successful 45-pitch simulated game he threw on the Yankee Stadium mound Sunday morning.
Passing the test means Sabathia is one step closer to returning from the disabled list and rejoining the Yankees rotation. It also means Sabathia will get to pitch on Friday in front of his family in Oakland.
“My mom’s happy,” Sabathia said.
Sabathia said his injured groin is healed. He pitched against Ronald Torreyes and Dustin Ackley and then fielded grounders and practiced covering first base.
“No problems,” Sabathia said. “Ready to go.”
Sabathia, who is 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA in five starts, threw seven shutout innings at Baltimore in his last outing. He had given up three earned runs in each of his first four starts.
“I felt like I was starting to pitch pretty good,” he said. “Hopefully I can just continue to do that and it’ll carry into the next game.”
Girardi said Alex Rodriguez (hamstring) is on schedule to be activated off the DL when he is eligible on Thursday . . . Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-4 with two runs in his first start since injuring his hip on May 6. Ellsbury reached first base on catcher’s interference for the fourth time this season in the seventh inning.