CC pushed back, set­ting

New York Daily News - - SPORTS -

Joe Gi­rardi of­fered dif­fer­ent rea­son­ing for jug­gling his start­ing ro­ta­tion, but the move most sig­nif­i­cantly af­fects the Yan­kees’ pitch­ing or­der for var­i­ous po­ten­tial play­off sce­nar­ios in­volv­ing ace Luis Sev­erino.

Sun­day’s sched­uled starter CC Sabathia has been pushed back to pitch Tues­day against Min­nesota, be­cause as Gi­rardi said, “we’re try­ing to keep CC off that turf” in Toronto next week­end due to con­cerns over his balky knee.

The switch – with Sonny Gray tak­ing Sabathia’s spot on Sun­day against Bal­ti­more, and Jaime Gar­cia (Mon­day) and Masahiro Tanaka (Wed­nes­day) sand­wich­ing CC’s resched­uled out­ing – also means that Sev­erino now won’t pitch again un­til Fri­day in Toronto.

That sets up the first-time All-Star for one more reg­u­lar-sea­son start the fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day or Thurs­day, and then not likely again un­til Tues­day, Oct. 3 for the po­ten­tial AL wild-card game.

It also means that the emerg­ing righty would be un­avail­able for the fi­nal week­end se­ries against Toronto if the Yan­kees need him to pitch to se­cure the AL East ti­tle or for a wild-card berth, un­less they bring him back on short rest.

Mov­ing Sev­erino out of this week’s se­ries against Min­nesota also keeps him from fac­ing one of the Yanks’ po­ten­tial wild-card foes; the Twins cur­rently hold the se­cond po­si­tion.

THE FULL MONTY

Rookie lefty Jor­dan Mont­gomery’s six score­less in­nings on Satur­day rep­re­sented his long­est out­ing and his first win in eight starts since July 25.

“I think that this was im­por­tant for him,” Gi­rardi said. “His slider was re­ally, re­ally good to­day. I think it kept them off bal­ance.”

A THIRD OP­TION

In­field prospect Miguel An­du­jar was called up be­fore the game, but the 22-year-old third base­man isn’t likely to see much time be­hind Todd Fra­zier and siz­zling Chase Headley (14-game hit­ting streak) over the fi­nal weeks of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Gi­rardi said An­du­jar’s de­fen­sive play at third base “def­i­nitely im­proved over the course of the year,” which es­sen­tially was split be­tween Dou­ble-A Tren­ton and Triple-A

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