So Javy's return to the starting rotation this Saturday seems to indicate two things:
First, Javy has pitched well enough in his long-relief role to earn another look in the starting rotation.
Second, AJ Burnett is on notice. There is a point at which even a $16.5 salary for 2010 does not buy you indefinite status as a starter, and that point might just be after you've had 5 starts in a row in the middle of a divisional race that yield the following line: 0-4; 7.80 ERA; 1.700 WHIP; .311 BAA; 6.0 IP/G. I used to think that the worst thing about AJ was how inconsistent he was. I now realize that one step worse than that is being consistently horrible. If current performance is any indication, I'd be fine with a rotation the rest of the way that goes CC; Andy; Javy; Phil; Ivan. If AJ doesn't get better before Andy returns – which is to say in his next three starts beginning tonight – that may very well be the Yankees' rotation for the rest of the regular season.