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Yankees pregame: Warren gone, Phelps’ turn

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jun 30, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Greetings, Brian Heyman here at Yankee Stadium for Chad today. My day started off with a flat tire, but Adam Warren’s day isn’t off to a good start, either.

It’s back to the minors after his debacle of a big-league debut last night when the Yankees lost by a football score to the White Sox, 14-7.  Warren gave up six runs,  eight hits and two walks, lasting just 2 1/3 innings. So D.J. Mitchell is up, but Joe Girardi says David Phelps will probably be the starter Wednesday after working in long relief for Warren and taking the loss. Phelps allowed two runs and four hits in 3 1/3, throwing 64 pitches. Girardi said the rookie could go about 80 to 85 in the start.

“He’s done a pretty good job for us when we’ve called upon him to pitch,” Girardi said. “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.”

There’s only one chance to make a first impression and Warren’s wasn’t good. But one start doesn’t have to be a be-all, end-all statement.

“As we told him, ‘Go continue to improve your stuff and you’ve got that first one out of the way,’ ” Girardi said. “A lot of times with that first start, it’s a mixed bag. Sometimes you get really good; sometimes it can be really difficult. There’s not necessarily a determination by that first start how your career is going to go. First start, everyone has huge butterflies and you have to find a way to deal with that.”

The Yankees could use some distance from today’s starter, Hiroki Kuroda, who’s been pitching better than earlier in the season.

“I think his slider has improved,” Girardi said. “I think the location of his fastball has improved. His split has been better, and he’s used his curveball early in counts. To me, he’s just pitched. That’s what we felt we were signing, a guy that really knew how to use all his pitches and locate all his pitches. And that’s what he’s been doing.”

Cory Wade hasn’t been doing so well out of the bullpen recently, especially in allowing six runs and seven hits across 2 1/3 last night, swelling his ERA to 5.79.

“This is not Cory’s first time around the block,” Girardi said. “Physically we’re going to have to let him recover a couple of days just because it’s not what he’s used to doing, throwing that many pitches (58). So he’ll be off today; he’ll be off tomorrow. We’ll have to see if he’s available on Monday for us. But it’s a guy, he’s been up, he’s been down. He’s been through a lot of good times in his career and he’s been through some tough times. He’ll recover.”

Besides Wade and Phelps, Girardi said Clay Rapada may not be available out of the bullpen today after throwing three days in a row.

Robinson Cano, meanwhile, has had a great month, leading Girardi say, “I don’t see a big difference in his swing. To me, it’s just Robbie being Robbie. Eventually he was going to hit. It was just a matter of time. It’s that time. And it’s an important time.”






20 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Warren gone, Phelps’ turn”

  1. Against All Odds June 30th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    mick June 30th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Some want to disparage a majority of Yankee fans for booing Alex at a time he deserved it.


    Did he really? If there was a runner on base two outs in the first inning and Alex didn’t get a hit the fans booed him only to cheer him innings later if he drove in an rbi or got a walk off hit/HR

  2. Melkmanisinhotlanta June 30th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I just want to say that I’ve been vindicated by Melky Cabrera’s excellence. I was against sending him to Hotlanta from day 1 because he’s a special player. Many here thumbed their noses at the Melkster (Him and me) but now must see their error. He wasn’t lighting the world on fire when he was with the NYY, but he delivered timely, situational hitting. I pray that he comes back next season and signs a 4 year deal to play left field. He’s going to get the bucks next year!

  3. Melkmanisinhotlanta June 30th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    It would be interesting to find out what the AAA pitching coach has worked on with Warren and how Warren has applied what he’s been taught? Pinella sized Warren up fast. One would imagine that all of those issues were being worked on in AAA? It’s either change or hang up the cleats for Warren.

  4. mick June 30th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    mick June 30th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Did he really?
    It was guttural.
    There were many more who wanted to but didn’t b/c they considered it wrong or impolite.

  5. Niblick June 30th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Unfornately, Kuroda is pitching on “regular” rest today and that doesn’t bode well for the Yanks. Kuroda has been awful this year when he hadn’t had an extra day.

  6. CompassRosy June 30th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    “Interestingly he had some extreme high heat when he was a Mariner. I believe it was around 6 years ago he was clocked at 101 mph.”

    YT ~
    Sorry for the belated response…
    Aardsma was only with the M’s in 2009 and 2010 and I don’t remember him ever throwing over 95mph. That said, he seemed like a pretty good guy, I hope he heals well and is able to return to pitching success

  7. MikeK June 30th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Personally, I prefer to live in a world where booing is reserved for a player that is clearly dogging it instead of for someone who simply fails to come through in certain situations.

    If you take the Yankees so seriously that failure in a “big spot” causes you to act mean-spirited toward someone who is simply displaying human flaws, you desperately need a new hobby.

  8. UnKnown June 30th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Last time a position player pitched for NYY was Swisher in April of 09. Same year the Yankees last won the WS.

    Maybe Wise pitching last night was a sign.

  9. ron June 30th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    The Prospect Hot Sheet is not a re-ranking of the Top 100 Prospects. This is a snapshot of which top prospects are excelling and which ones are struggling right now. Stats cover the period June 22-28
    From BA.

    No. 7



    Team: low Class A Charleston (South Atlantic)
    Age: 20
    Why He’s Here: .370/.414/.852 (10-for-27), 3 HR, 2 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBIs, 9 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1-for-1 SB
    The Scoop: Williams has hit more home runs this June (five) than he hit all of last season (three) when he ranked as the New York-Penn League’s top prospect. In all likelihood it’s not a random spike, but rather the power of which scouts foretold even when Williams was a 6-foot, 150-pound amateur. He’s batting .352/.387/.636 (31-for-88) in June with 14 extra-base hits in 21 games, and he retains the distinction of being the best all-around talent in the Yankees system.

  10. 86w183 June 30th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    It was definitely a sign — a sign that Corey Wade was dying out there.

    Kuroda has had two lousy starts on regular rest, going 9 1/3 and giving up 13 ER for an ERA of 12.54.

    In his other three starts with regular rest he’s been okay — 15 2/3, 7 ER for an ERA of 4.02

  11. Yankee Trader June 30th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Compasss Rosy-

    101 mph (radar)
    David Aardsma, Cubs (c), 2006 season

    I could not reopen the website, listing all the fastest pitches ever recordes in the major leagues.

  12. Yankee Trader June 30th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I think the starting pitching will be OK until CC comes back. However I’m not convinced the BP can weather the storm, with Phelps and Garcia limited in their first outings and a DH coming up next weekend in Fenway. Who comes up if Wade, who I believe still has an option, is sent down?

  13. sunny615 June 30th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Buh bye warren. Get to work on your pitches and maybe you’ll see daylight again. Someday. With another team.

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