July 18, 2010

Mitre assumes starting role in place of Pettitte

Looks like my call was on the money (not that I’m happy about it). Andy Pettitte will miss 4-5 weeks and be placed on the DL shortly, while Sergio Mitre will make Pettitte’s start Saturday against the Royals.

Some may have wanted Ivan Nova to make the spot start Saturday to give Mitre time to work his way up to a full starter’s pitch count, but Cashman felt otherwise.

"We just felt Sergio is more suited to make the start,'' Cashmna said. "He was one of the candidates for the fifth starter's job and he outpitched Chad in spring training so were going to roll him out there on Saturday.''

I have no problems with the decision. Meanwhile, Pettitte will be missed, especially if A.J. Burnett continues to struggle.

Also, if you are wondering why you saw Boone Logan today, it’s because he was called up to replace Damaso Marte, who was placed on the DL yesterday.

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