The Yankees need a starter to replace Bartolo Colon, beginning with Thursday’s series finale against the Rangers. Joe Girardi had talked about getting through the three games before that one and seeing whether Hector Noesi was needed in relief. Before Tuesday night’s game, he mentioned Noesi and David Phelps at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as the candidates.
But a new name emerged as a strong candidate during the game. Jack Curry reported on YES.com that the Yankees had signed Brian Gordon, and that Gordon been told to get himself mentally ready to start Thursday, although it wasn’t written in stone.
Girardi indicated he hadn’t been told that Gordon was officially Yankees property. “But we’ll see,” Girardi said.
Gordon is a 32-year-old righty and a longtime minor-leaguer who had an opt-out clause today with the Phillies. He was at their Triple-A affiliate, Lehigh Valley. And he had outrageously good numbers, 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA in 12 games, nine of them starts. He had 56 strikeouts and just seven walks.
Noesi, a 24-year-old righty, was 1-1 with a 3.92 ERA in four starts for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA in four long-relief appearances.
Phelps, another 24-year-old righty, is a Notre Dame product who’s 4-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 12 starts at Triple-A. He was the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year last season.
“He’s pitched well down in Triple-A,” Girardi said. “He’s a guy who has a number of different pitches that he can go to. He’s a control guy. He’s been a ground-ball guy down there. He’s been pretty good at getting ground balls. He holds runners.”
There should be an announcement on the starter at some point today or tonight.