February 18, 2010

Girardi already being cautious with starters

Having a healthy rotation throughout the season may be the most important key to any season for any team. Joe Girardi knows this and is already playing it safe with his starters.

Rather than having starters CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez throw bullpens today, Girardi decided it didn’t make sense for them to throw in groups since they never do during the season. – All according to Chad Jennings.

Makes sense to me.

He’s lining up the bullpen sessions in order of how they will start in spring training games. Girardi pushed Sabathia’s back to Saturday, taking into account the extra work he did in the postseason. He’ll also hold Vazquez back because last year he threw the most innings he’s thrown since 2003.

“We want to make sure that they are absolutely physically prepared to go out and have that same kind of workout,” Girardi said. “Really, the only difference is maybe one side session for each of them.”

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