It’s March 30th and the Major League regular season has technically already started. Teams are making their final cuts and most roster competitions are winding down. Yet in the Bronx (Tampa, rather) much is still up in the air. The bullpen is not settled and neither is the bench. Cesar Cabral and Clay Rapada are fighting for roster spots. Of far more importance than the team’s second lefty, though, Joe Girardi has yet to name his starting five-man rotation. What once seemed like a cut and dry decision now, apparently, is not.
We’ve known for a month that CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda, the two veterans in the mix, were guaranteed spots in the starting rotation and would likely pitch the first and second games of the season. We’ve also known that four pitchers – Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, and Freddy Garcia – were ostensibly competing for three spots at the back of the Yankees’ bullpen.… Click here to read the rest