Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees watches the...

Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees watches the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. (Sept. 19, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Though expected, Joe Girardi Wednesday enunciated part of the Yankees' postseason plans when it comes to their starting rotation.

"You'd probably lean toward going with a four-man rotation," Girardi said before last night's game.

The Yankees, aided by extra days off, used a three-man rotation to get through last year's postseason. This year the ALDS does not have a day off between Game 1 and Game 2.

As far as who would line up after CC Sabathia, Girardi said it's something he's started pondering but that's about it. The three other pitchers are expected to be, in some order, Andy Pettitte, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes. Though impressive in spots the last month, Ivan Nova doesn't figure in the mix, though he can't be counted out from possibly landing in the bullpen.

"I've started to think about it a little bit," Girardi said, "because you want to make sure when you clinch you're in position to do things that you need to do. But I won't get too far ahead of myself."

Rest for weary

Girardi repeated what he said Tuesday - when the Yankees clinch, Mark Teixeira likely will get a rest of three or four games to rest the injuries to his right thumb (bone bruise) and right foot (broken pinkie toe). And Teixeira's not the only player likely to get some rest, even those not necessarily wanting it.

"I'll discuss with all the players what they feel they might need physically," Girardi said. "But sometimes you might have to make a tough decision that they don't like, but that's part of my job."

Teixeira entered last night in a 3-for-20 slump.

"I think the one thing we've learned to do here is you don't panic if Mark Teixeira doesn't hit for a couple of weeks," Girardi said. "It just means that he's probably going to start. Physically we will do everything in our power to make sure he's ready to go when we need him."

Extra bases

Before the game Alex Rodriguez donated the spikes he wore Aug. 4, the day he hit his 600th career homer against Toronto, to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum . . . Though Jorge Posada rarely catches Burnett, Girardi said "you might see Jorgie catch A.J. one of the next three starts and you may not." . . . C Jesus Montero and RHP Dellin Betances will join the team Thursday but won't be added to the active roster. RHP Andrew Brackman, already on the 40-man roster, will be called up Thursday, though he's unlikely to pitch.

More Yankees headlines