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Joe Girardi announces weekend starters

02/28/2013 5:39 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Hiroki Kuroda will make his spring debut Friday vs. Philadelphia. (AP)
Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced his starters for this weekend’s slate of Grapefruit League games on Thursday morning, revealing that two veterans will make their spring debuts in Tampa while a third continues to get ready for his.

The skipper revealed that veteran righty Hiroki Kuroda will be on the mound for the first time when the Yankees face the Phillies Friday afternoon, with fifth starter candidate Ivan Nova making his initial spring start on Saturday against the Tigers.

As for Sunday’s game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, however, that starter is TBA but won’t be lefty Andy Pettitte, who instead will throw a simulated game back in Tampa. Girardi didn’t discuss the issue further, but it could very well be Adam Warren, who pitched last Sunday against Toronto, or Jose Ramirez, who pitched Tuesday’s game against the Phillies, that gets the nod.

Pettitte, Warren, and Ramirez all three bullpen sessions on Thursday, and lefty Matt Tracy and righty Shawn Kelley joined CC Sabathia and Mariano Rivera in throwing simulated games at Yankees camp prior to the team’s split-squad games Thursday morning.

As for another lefty yet to appear, Girardi said that Boone Logan will throw a simulated game on Friday, and also said that he was taking things slowly with his two bullpen lefties, Logan especially, in part because past experience.

“They’re both fine,” Girardi said of Logan and Clay Rapada, who made his spring debut Thursday. “Boonie has to do some BPs still; it seems like every spring we have to shut him down for about a week anyway, so we just took it slow.”

And, in one final note, Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees Blog reported that right-hander Nick Goody, who suffered a sprained right ankle in an automobile accident outside Orlando last Friday night, can already put full weight on that ankle and believes he’ll be able to pitch in a spring training game before too long.

“I’m optimistic and they’re optimistic,” Goody said, with Jennings adding that he played catch on his knees and rode a stationary bike for more than 20 minutes.

The Yankees’ sixth-round pick last year, Goody compiled a 1.12 ERA and seven saves over three levels last season and finished where he is projected to start 2013, at Class-A Tampa.

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