04/02/12 6:46 PM ET
Hot-hitting Maxwell unlikely to find spot in Bronx
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
The 28-year-old outfielder entered play on Monday batting .317 (13-for-41) with five doubles and 11 RBIs in 24 Grapefruit League games, and because he is out of Minor League options, it is possible the Yankees could attempt to use him in a trade.
"It has been a long last week, but I'm trying to take it one day at a time, one pitch at a time," Maxwell said. "You try to break it up that way. I'm just excited for the season to start, wherever that may be. Hopefully it's here in New York."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Maxwell has impressed this spring, but because Andruw Jones is on board as the club's designated hitter against left-handed pitching, there isn't much of an opportunity.
"He's had a good spring, no doubt about it," Girardi said. "I can't tell you what's going to happen over the next few days, but he's had a very good spring. Andruw has been the guy we kind of brought in for the left-handers. Maxy, we'll continue to evaluate and see if something happens."
Maxwell played just 48 games last year at Triple-A, with his season cut short in June by a torn right labrum suffered on a defensive play in Indianapolis, bringing a home run ball back into the park.
"I feel pretty good. I was just excited to get back on the field; it was a long rehab process last year," Maxwell said. "I felt like the team had all the pieces lined up for me rehab-wise, and Dr. [Christopher] Ahmad did a great job with my surgery. I'm just happy to be back and 100 percent."
Yankees set rotation, still finalizing bullpen
MIAMI -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi officially set the club's rotation on Monday, finalizing an arrangement that appeared confirmed after right-hander Michael Pineda was sent to the disabled list.
Girardi said that Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia will follow scheduled starters CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda, who are set to pitch the club's first two games on Friday and Saturday against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
"I can't wait," said Nova, who will pitch on April 9 against the Orioles in Baltimore. "Yesterday when we got here, I was shagging balls in the outfield [and] I felt something like adrenaline. That was crazy yesterday, so I can't wait to start the season and make my first start."
Girardi said the Yankees are still figuring out how to assign two spots in the bullpen. One will likely go to left-hander Clay Rapada, who would complement Boone Logan as a second lefty option.
"If Rapada's on our club, you're going to see how he does against right-handers, but he's always been more of a left-handed specialist," Girardi said. "I think you can afford to do that if you have enough distance from your other guys."
The Yankees are also considering the trio of D.J. Mitchell, David Phelps and Adam Warren for a long relief job, which was filled last year largely by Hector Noesi.
"It's not something that really any of them has every done," Girardi said. "But one of the theories about breaking in young pitchers is starting them off in the bullpen, kind of like what we did with Noesi last year.
"One of those guys is probably going to get an opportunity to do that. It helps that they've been starters in their career and they can give you distance."
One day after saying that Andy Pettitte would not pitch in a Grapefruit League game this spring, manager Joe Girardi left open the possibility that Pettitte indeed might see an inning in Wednesday's exhibition against the Mets. If not, Pettitte would pitch in a Minor League game on Thursday.
Left-hander Cesar Cabral, who was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left elbow last week, will see team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Tuesday to determine his treatment. Cabral had been in contention for a bullpen role.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.