Manager Buck Showalter’s plans for the rotation should become more clear after today, and especially after left-hander Brian Matusz’s bullpen session.
Matusz is slated to start Monday in Boston. Jake Arrieta’s turn falls on Tuesday, but he could be shut down.
Arrieta still hadn’t been told anything as he headed to the field to play catch this afternoon.
Showalter, pitching coach Rick Kranitz and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail met earlier today to discuss the rotation, “putting all the information together since we last talked,” Showalter said.
“I think we’ve got a pretty good feel for where we’re heading,” Showalter added. “We’re going to wait and see how Brian Matusz feels today throwing, and I’d think shortly after that things will kind of fall into place. And we don’t expect that to be a challenge with Brian.”
Assuming that my research isn’t failing me, Robert Andino will make his first major league start at third base tonight. He appeared in one game at the hot corner with the Marlins in 2008 and two with the Orioles last season.
“He played a little bit in the spring, I heard,” Showalter said. “It’s another chance to see him over there. He’s played short and second. He should be fine.”
Could Andino, who’s out of options and appeared to be out of chances with the Orioles, make the roster next spring as their utility infielder?
“I wouldn’t pigeonhole anybody into a utility guy,” Showalter said. “He’s a talented young man. He’s had some challenges that he should have behind him by now. I think it’s time for him...it’s an opportunity that I think he’s really wanting to take advantage of. We’ll see. There’s more than just grasping the playing part of it, too. He’s done well up here so far. I’m impressed with his athletic ability.”
Nolan Reimold will start at least one of the games this weekend when the Yankees send out left-handers CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte.
“Where Nolan is, I don’t think you get the finished product of where he might get back to until next spring. But in the meantime, he was starting to put things together down in Triple-A when he came up here,” Showalter said.
“Talking to some people there, he had some of his best stretches, so he’s very much on the screen and it will be up to him how much he’s in play next year.”