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Yankees pregame: Warren gone, Phelps’ turn

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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.”