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Warren to make debut tonight

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Jun 29, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

We’ve already had a chance to see David Phelps and D.J. Mitchell this season — two of the three arms in the Yankees’ system considered to be the most major-league read — and tonight we’ll have the opportunity to see the third. With CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte both on the DL, the 24-year-old Adam Warren will make his big league debut tonight against the Chicago White Sox.

“I saw a big difference in him from last spring training to this spring training,” Joe Girardi said before Thursday’s series opener. “A lot of those kids – Phelpsie and Mitchell – where they felt like they belonged and were able to relax. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of butterflies tomorrow, but hopefully he can get through that first inning and settle down.”

While Phelps seems to be the Yankees’ favorite of this young pitching trio, he’s currently in the minors being stretched out after a stint as a reliever. That leaves the door open for Warren, who Girardi said impressed him during a spring training start against the Red Sox.

“It wasn’t where he just saw right-handed hitters – he saw pretty much their full lineup,” Girardi said. “I thought he pitched down in the zone, I thought he pitched in, I thought his breaking ball was outstanding, and I thought he used his changeup. It did stick out in my mind. It gave us a lot to think about when we were trying to decide who our 12th pitcher was.”

Warren joined the team yesterday, which Girardi hopes helped him begin to feel acclimated.

“We got him here today thinking that he can get used to his surroundings, relax a bit, watch the game and feel the atmosphere before he goes out there tomorrow,” Girardi said. “I did talk to him and congratulate him for being called up. When you see a young guy come up, enjoy the moment. Take a second to realize where you are, what you’ve accomplished and your opportunity here. And then just go to work.”





15 Responses to “Warren to make debut tonight”

  1. blake June 29th, 2012 at 10:01 am


  2. tomingeorgia June 29th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Good luck, kid. Just stay cool, if that’s possible, and throw strikes, and you’ll be fine.

  3. DONNYBROOK June 29th, 2012 at 10:09 am


    (1) DAVID ROBERTSON – Appeared in 4 of the previous 6 games.

    (2) CLAY RAPADA – Appeared in 5 of previous 7 games.

    (3) CODY EPPLEY – Appeared in 4 of previous 7 games

  4. 86w183 June 29th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    This will be fun to watch. Some think Warren has better stuff than Phelps. I haven’t seen enough to have an opinion on that… but maybe I will by 9:00.

  5. Doc Iac June 29th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    i hope he goes at least 6…

  6. Chip June 29th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I just hope we’re not anointing or burying the kid after tonight’s start.

  7. Doc Iac June 29th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Chip June 29th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I just hope we’re not anointing or burying the kid after tonight’s start.

    im hoping for the win

  8. Phranchise June 29th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I like Warren, he’s never going to be a #1-3 especially on this team. But I feel like he’ll end up being a consistent 4-5 starter, never really throwing shutouts, but always keeping them in the game and fighting. I am really looking forward to this start tonight. They will need to score some runs though now with Freddy and him in the rotation. And really the bullpen issues are tying right back to Wade right now. When Wade and Garcia were in the pen that’s essentially 2 arms you didn’t really want to tocuh out there. Joba and Aardsma at least are in the Yankees back pocket after the trade deadline to solidify the 7-8-9 innings. They will have to regroup and gather themselves before then. I hated the decision last night to not go to Robertson in a save situation, but is what it is. Girardi has done a great job with the bullpen injuries and castaways. So one game over all the games they have won with this pen.

  9. Phranchise June 29th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I think Warren is a better pitcher than Phelps, But Phelps has some nice movement over Warren. Warren is more polished with a bit more in the arsenal. At least in my opinion.

  10. Chip June 29th, 2012 at 10:47 am

    The good news is that we’ll now have a chance to see all three of the “next level” pitchers at AAA (Warren, Phelps, Mitchell) and the better news is that scouts will have a chance to see them. Might make them more attractive in trade talks.

  11. DONNYBROOK June 29th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    In the future, Girardi is gonna need to Start innings with Robertson. Bringing him in with men Already on base, is a recipe for disaster. Robertson needs NO help putting men on base.

  12. randy l. June 29th, 2012 at 10:58 am

    .500 baseball won’t hurt the yankees one bit till sabathia is back.

    if they can do better , great.

  13. DONNYBROOK June 29th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    .500 vs AL East opponents will Not feed the bulldog.

  14. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2012 at 11:16 am


  15. LathamJoe June 29th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Welcome to life without The Great Rivera. Bringing Robertson in for a 2-out save should have not affected him at all. Throwing a mediocore (for him) 90 mph fastball over the middle and high in the zone will kill you most times. Since his return, the speed and action on Rob’s fastball has not been there. He usually would get away with that pitch to Viciedo with his vintage stuff. Perhaps he was rushed back too soon. He is still a really fine setup man.
    Good lluck to Adam Warrne tonight! The B-Pen needs innings desperately.

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