Phelps role up in the air as he progresses

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David Phelps hasn’t felt pain in his triceps for a week and he anticipates to be back by the beginning of September, but with Michael Pineda back in the Yankees rotation and Shane Greene pitching so well, you’d have to wonder if Phelps role could be in the bullpen as the Yankees go down the stretch.

“You hate to say anything because my fear is that it will change tomorrow,” Joe Girardi said. “Right now our starters are throwing well, and our relievers have really been pretty good too. I think what you look at is, let’s see what the doctors says today. And then if we feel that we need him as a starter, how long does that take in the doctor and Stevie (Donohue)’s eyes? And how long would it take to get him back as a reliever. Then you go from there.

Phelps has only missed two weeks and has seemingly made progress, but whether in a starting or bullpen role, he’s not going to be rushed back. Rushing players back is not how the New York Yankees operate.

“It’s been well over a week since I felt anything, which is good news,” Phelps said. “What we’re doing is working. We have to wait and see what (Dr. Ahmad) says, and then hopefully move forward. … They’ve talked three weeks potentially. It all depends. We want to make sure everything goes smooth just so we don’t have a setback at this point in the season. I think it might be a little bit more careful than trying to rush things. I don’t think it should take that long. It’s only been two weeks. Hopefully it will go faster than that.”

Some Notes

— So ladies and gentlemen, you’re going to need to take out your scorecards for this one: Derek Jeter‘s hit on August 8th to tie Honus Wagner on the All-Time hit list was changed to an error, meaning he didn’t tie until August 9th and didn’t pass Wagner until August 11. Luckily for the Yankees, they saved the August 9th ball, anticipating the August 8th hit would be changed to an error.

Masahiro Tanaka will throw a bullpen tomorrow. This is the bullpen where Tanaka could start throwing breaking balls.

— If you think it’s a figment of your imagination that Adam Warren has been bad lately, it’s not. He has a 9.82 ERA in his last nine appearances. The Yankees haven’t used him in about a week and Shawn Kelley has been the go-to guy lately, which causes some concern for Warren. However, Girardi had an explanation as to why Warren hasn’t been seen in a week.

“The situation just didn’t dictate (bringing him in),” Girardi said. “I don’t think the days off hurt him. And I think he should feel pretty strong and rested now, which is a good thing for us.”

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One Response to Phelps role up in the air as he progresses

  1. Robert Rufa says:

    Never hurts to have another fairly reliable long man, although if Phelps is in good form it might not hurt to try a six-man rotation, especially this deep into the season.

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