Phelps out of rotation with Pettitte’s return

As expected, Joe Girardi told reporters on Saturday that the arrival of Andy Pettitte will force David Phelps out of the rotation and back into the bullpen.

Phelps made two starts in the rotation since he knocked Freddy Garcia out of it. His big problem was an inablity to go deep into games, but the numbers aren’t bad. In 8.2 innings, he had a 2.08 ERA, an 8.3 K/9, and a 4.2 BB/9.

Losing his spot in the rotation didn’t exactly happen because he was pitching poorly. Instead it was Phil Hughes pitching well that knocked him out. If Hughes had continued to struggle, as he did mightily through April, we might have had a different story on our hands. As it happens, Phelps will return to the long-man role where he thrived early on this season and if Hughes slips things could get interesting.

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