There wasn’t much good to be said about Adam Warren‘s start Friday night. His best inning was the 1st inning when he escaped without allowing any runs, but stranded two. His 2nd was horrible and he was knocked out in the 3rd.
On the other hand, David Phelps, who replaced Warren in the 3rd, gave up a pair of runs, but looked much more like a Major League starter in his 3.1 innings. Now it appears that Phelps will be taking Warren’s spot in the rotation the next time through. He is expected to throw between 80-85 pitches on Wednesday.
“(Phelps has) done a pretty good job for us when we’ve called upon him to pitch,” Girardi told Brian Heyman of the Journal News. “The biggest thing was, he wasn’t really stretched out. We stretched him out some more (in the minors) and we’re just going to have to continue to do it.”
In the meantime, the Yankees have sent Warren back down to Triple-A and have replaced him with D.J. Mitchell. They couldn’t recall Ryota Igarashi as there is a rule that says unless there is an injury a pitcher can’t be sent down and recalled within a 10-day period.
Mitchell has struggled in Triple-A this season with a 5.36 ERA, a 7.5 K/9, and 3.1 BB/9 over 80.2 innings. He had a brief cup of coffee in the majors earlier this season where he had a 3.38 ERA while walking one and striking out one in 2.2 innings.