David Phelps waiting for defined role

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It’s safe to say David Phelps will have a role on the ball club this season, but Phelps has no idea what kind of role he’ll play.

“I think that’s pretty fair to say, that you expect him to do something,” Girardi said. “He’s thrown the ball well, and you expect him to continue to help us. … I think he’s pretty much capable of doing whatever you ask him to do. There’s a lot of things we have to evaluate this spring, and he’s a big part, trying to figure out where he fits in.”

David Phelps is currently in competition for the fifth starter spot with Michael Pineda and Adam Warren. Phelps doesn’t normally attract much attention during Spring Training, but he’ll have a role to play, whether it be a starter, a long man in the bullpen or possibly a set-up role to build a bridge to the Yankees new closer David Robertson.

“Phelpsy’s a guy who we believe can help us in so many different roles,” Girardi said. “He knows how to pitch, he’s got four pitches, and he knows how to use them all. And he knows how to locate. That’s the key, for him, is location.”

Phelps was a surprise addition to the 2012 Opening Day roster and has proved he can be successful in the big leagues. Unless Phelps injures himself during Spring Training (knock on wood), he’s a sure bet to make the 2014 Opening Day roster; the Yankees just hope they’ll have a clearer picture of where he’ll fit as the pieces start to fall into place.

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