The move means that Burnett, the winning pitcher in Game 2 (seven innings pitched, one earned run allowed), will pitch on short (three days) rest. It also means that the Yankees will skip Chad Gaudin.
It's also the right decision: Even though Burnett has not pitched all year on short rest, the odds of an effective performance from him still out-weights that of the same from Gaudin.
Besides, there's this: In four career starts on three-days' rest, Burnett is 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA. That includes beating the Yankees 4-1 in July, 2008.
The Yankees still have not committed to a Game 6 starter, though they're expected to swing back to Andy Pettitte on short rest as well.
"We will continue to monitor our guys," Girardi said. "We'll see how Andy's doing on his side day and on the day off. Depending on what happens, we'll see how he's doing.
"But right now, as far as we'll go is Game 5."