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The bulk of the early ST focus has been on the lineup and its shrinking number of healthy, productive players, but the rotation hasn't exactly been running at full song so far either. Ivan Nova and Hiroki Kuroda have each made a pair of starts, David Phelps has made four, and that's it as far as projected Major League starters are concerned. In the last few days, however, the picture has cleared up considerably with the rest of the rotation.
Phil Hughes graduated to a mound over the weekend, and per Chad Jennings threw a 26-pitch bullpen session this morning with no reported back issues. He's graduating to facing live hitters later this week and could end up on track to start the season. The other big news to come out of the weekend was the upcoming rotation schedule, which has Andy Pettitte penciled in to make his spring debut on Wednesday and CC Sabathia on Friday. Sabathia threw a 50-pitch sim game yesterday morning rather than face the Blue Jays, and this has been about as quiet a spring for Pettitte as I can remember.
The level of concern about those three was low, so it's not like this is huge unexpected news. But it's always good to see your starting rotation all pitching. The rotation is going to have to carry this team early, and they should take the first big step towards doing that this week.