Randy Johnson is as impressed with his starting rotation as any fan.
Even with new pitching coach Rick Renfroe helping to guide the big hurler through the early part of his spring training season, Johnson can't wait to have the entire group available come Opening Day.
"We have depth, and that's one of the things that we were really looking forward to," Johnson said. "To have a rotation like we do, it's the best rotation we've had in the history of the Yankees. The first thing you think of is the way the Yankees won World Series two years ago -- they didn't have a lot of starters, but they had a lot of depth.
"You don't want to rely on just the three guys that you started out of spring training. I hope we have 15 good starters to choose from.
"And with (Brian) Bruney and (Phil) Hughes, we've got great bullpen guys, and you don't want to rely on a set-up guy to give you innings.
"We feel like we've got a good team, and we've got good starting pitching, and that's our strength."
Renfroe will officially take over the pitching staff as the team heads to Tampa for a five-game series against the Rays. While he has spent the past year-and-a-half with Johnson, he's been a pitching coach for seven seasons with the Mets, Padres and Diamondbacks, and he has been working with the Braves this spring.
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