Why Sonny Gray’s Yankees debut was tentative, why 6-man rotation is on tap for a turn

NEW YORK Yankees manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild spent some time over the last two days discussing a rotation strategy.

Here’s what they came up with:

Right-hander Sonny Gray, acquired from the Oakland Athletics on Monday, will make his Yankees debut on Thursday night in Cleveland.

Left-hander Jaime Garcia, brought in Sunday in a trade with the Minnesota Twins, will make his first start with the club Friday night against the Indians.

That was a tentative plan until Gray threw a light bullpen at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday before the Yankees-Detrit Tigers game.

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Flight delays for Gray led to a later-than-expected arrival from the West Coast to New York, so flip-flopping Gray to Friday and Garcia to Thursday was a possibility before the righty got in his throwing.

“I think as a kid growing up around the game of baseball like I did, every kid wants to play for the Yankees,” Gray said. “It’s not something that I’m going to take for granted and I’m very excited to be here and get to work. Thursday for me can’t get here soon enough so I can get out there and contribute.”

Meantime, Gray and Garcia’s arrival gives the Yankees with six starters for five spots, and it still appears as if rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery will be the odd-man out

Article source: http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2017/08/why_sonny_grays_yankees_debut_is_tentative_why_6-m.html

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