Yankees open to using six-man rotation

Baseball Given the state of CC Sabathia’s knee, Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow and Michael Pineda’s well … everything, the Yankees may use a six-man rotation to start the season."We're going to have to examine if we're going to use a sixth starter, but not necessarily that we're going to have a six-man rotation," Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said, via the New York Daily News. MORE: AL offseason grades | The pseudoanalysis of A-Rod's letter | Yanks haven't retired enough numbersThe Yankees are scheduled to play 30 games in 31 days from April 17 to May 17, and an extra starter could help the team’s fragile arms through that brutal stretch. Esmil Rogers, Bryan Mitchell, Chase Whitley and Adam Warren could all be in play as a spot starter, according to the News. "We're aware of situations here early in the season. We need to get these guys through this stretch. Being that poss

ibly early in spring some of them aren't going to be able to throw a lot, we're going to need to build them up and give them extra days,” Rothschild told the News. “It'd be nice to go through a season with five starters, but there's a good chance we're not going to and there's a good chance every team in baseball won't. So it doesn't hurt to see who might fit in as the sixth starter."

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