Joe Girardi says A.J. Burnett will remain in Yankees’ rotation

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A.J. Burnett turned in another poor outing last night, allowing four runs in six innings against the light-hitting Angels, but afterward manager Joe Girardi wasted no time telling reporters that the struggling right-hander will remain in the Yankees’ rotation.

Burnett actually held the Angels scoreless through five innings before falling apart in the sixth frame, but he’s allowed at least three runs in seven straight starts and last logged a Quality Start on June 29.

Dating back even further he’s 4-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 16 starts since mid-May, yet while Girardi is willing to move Phil Hughes in and out of the rotation the manager is unwilling to do the same with Burnett, who’s earning $16.5 million this season and will get the same salary in 2012 and 2013.