The New York Yankees Will Not Carry A Fifth Starter (Report)
Mar 6, 2017; Bradenton, FL, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) makes a pitching change against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Lecom Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced on Wednesday that he will not carry a fifth starter until April 16. 

It had been speculated that the New York Yankees were going to take advantage of the off-day-heavy start to the 2017 season and Brian Hoch of MLB.com has reported that to be true.

According to Hoch, manager Joe Girardi has confirmed that he will not name a fifth starter and will employ eight relievers until April 16. While yes, it’s just a four-man rotation, there are enough off days to give each starter proper rest in between starts.


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Instead of Luis Severino, Bryan Mitchell, Chad Green and Jordan Montgomery competing for two spots to break camp, that has now dwindled to one. If I had to guess right now, it would be Severino earning the fourth spot, but that can change over the next two days.

Montgomery, who has gone from long-shot to legitimate candidate, will start for New York on Wednesday against the Blue Jays in a start that could make a final impression in Girardi.


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Severino, who has had obvious problems with fastball command this spring, will get his final nod on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies. A solid outing and he’s likely in, but a poor one could make things even more interesting than they already are.


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