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Pregame notes: “It was kind of out of necessity”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 06, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees didn’t necessarily need a starter for today’s game, but they needed a pitcher, and a starter was the easiest thing to add given the circumstances. That’s why Phil Hughes arrived five days earlier than expected, bumping David Phelps to the bullpen and replacing Cody Eppley, who was optioned to Triple-A.

“We don’t really have a long guy if we start Phelpsy today,” Joe Girardi said. “So we felt if something were to happen with Phelpsy, we’d have a little trouble there because we don’t want to use Warren yet, couldn’t use Kelley because of what he did yesterday, so you became really short. So it was kind of out of necessity. We wanted (Hughes) to make one more start, but he’s going to make it here.”

Hughes pitched seven innings in an extended spring training game on Monday. He was supposed to pitch in a Triple-A game strictly for preparation, not because he physically needed it.

“Just giving him one more start, so it’s more of a normal spring training for him in a sense,” Girardi said. “But we weren’t afforded that luxury.”

So, does this mean Phelps is the long man the rest of the way? Not necessarily, Girardi said. Phelps may be the go-to multi-inning guy today, but with Adam Warren still on the roster, the Yankees don’t have to save Phelps for those long-relief situations.

“I’ll use him as more a bridge guy,” Girardi said. “I can use him in a lot of different roles because was have Warren.”

• Eduardo Nunez said he would try to hit in the cage today, but he wasn’t sure he’d be able to do it. He wasn’t even going to attempt to play catch. “If I can hit, I can pinch hit,” Nunez said. “But for sure I don’t think I can throw today.” Girardi said he’s considering Nunez strictly a pinch runner today.

• Francisco Cervelli is catching, so he won’t take any ground balls pregame, but he’s the emergency infielder should something happen at second, third or short. Brennan Boesch has done a few first base drills and would be the backup should something happen to Lyle Overbay.

• Why no Ichiro Suzuki? “Just a day off,” Girardi said.

• It certainly seems that Derek Jeter’s rehab has been set back roughly two months. He took ground balls on the edge of the grass today, and as Bryan Hoch notes, that’s what he was doing way back in early to mid February. “Well, he’s on the field,” Girardi said. “I mean, he is on the field. He took some ground balls at him, so that’s better than where he was last week, or even Thursday.”

• Curtis Granderson is still wearing his brace, but that could change soon. “He’s taking fly balls,” Girardi said. “He’s running. He can do some lifting with his legs. He’s still basically in the brace until probably next week.”

• Former Yankees pitching prospect Dan McCutchen has been suspended 50 games for performance enhancing drugs. He was part of the Pirates trade for Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady. Never got to the big leagues with the Yankees, but pitched for a while in Pittsburgh. Really popular clubhouse guy. Very easy to like.

• Planning to have Hughes start tonight, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will instead call up and start Graham Stoneburner.

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24 Responses to “Pregame notes: “It was kind of out of necessity””

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 6th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Interesting. Makes a bit more sense now.

    ****************

    How cow, was Aceves just taken DEEP!

    3-run homer.

  2. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 6th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    “I’m calling you out on the fact that you were looking for every chance possible to beat Phelps over the head with a sledgehammer

    Show me ONE post where I beat him over the head with a sledgehammer.

    If not, that makes you a liar.

    Now go play in traffic.

  3. UnKnown April 6th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    “Now go play in traffic.”

    You sure you didn’t want to caps and bold that statement. It would have really drove the point home.

    I don’t need to waste my time on you, anyone who was following the Phelps drama last year knows that you hated the kid. And that includes you. Now you’re being a fraud.

    next

  4. Jerkface April 6th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Phelps back to the pen? Bridge guy? Terrible news. Dumb team.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 6th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    LIAR

  6. LGY April 6th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    “I’ll use him as more a bridge guy,” Girardi said. “I can use him in a lot of different roles because was have Warren.”

    ——–

    So in other words Phelps is a middle reliever?

    Excellent use of a starting pitching prospect.

  7. Tar April 6th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    “Just giving him one more start, so it’s more of a normal spring training for him in a sense,” Girardi said. “But we weren’t afforded that luxury.”

    Why weren’t you afforded the luxury? It’s freaking game 5 of the season! What a bunch of panicky BS.

  8. Ghostwriter April 6th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    UnKnown April 6th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    “Now go play in traffic.”

    You sure you didn’t want to caps and bold that statement. It would have really drove the point home.

    I don’t need to waste my time on you, anyone who was following the Phelps drama last year knows that you hated the kid. And that includes you. Now you’re being a fraud.

    next
    ==============

    With all due respect, if Trisha was as upfront about her antipathy for the kid, as you suggest, then it shouldn’t be difficult to furnish a post demonstrating it.

  9. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    That’s a good point Hughes’ lack of work in ST. I suspect that they are only planning on using Hughes for a 4-5 innings anyway, depending on pitch count. It seems to me to that they are just trying to spare the blullpen as many innings as Hughes can provide. I syuspect that Warren is fairly likely to get into today’s game at some point.

    My point is that there are a number of plausible explanations for this move, aside from panic. In fact, this move strikes me as being the opposite of panic, because nobody can realistically expect much more from Hughes than 5 solid innings, given that he is likely on a tight pitch count. A panic move would be to call up Nuno, burning one of his options, only to send him back down on Sunday.

    —————-

    I don’t get this at all… if Warren is fairly likely to get in the game, why do we need a long man?

    Wouldn’t it be more prudent to keep the guy in the rotation that you know can give you 5+ (Phelps)? Half the problem with the pen is we aren’t getting length from our starters.. why not stick with the guy that has a better chance of giving you length at this point?

    Besides that, with Nova looking like he did last night, I’d rather them keep Hughes in that rehab start and then slot him in Nova’s spot.

  10. Nick in SF April 6th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    ” I’d rather them keep Hughes in that rehab start and then slot him in Nova’s spot.”

    But that might be characterized as a panic move. Dangerous.

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 6th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    See you all in a while.

    GO YANKS!!!

    GO PHIL!!!!

    Hoping that as soon as I’m back in my car (around 4:45) and turn on the radio, I will be very pleasantly surprised.

    :)

  12. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Nick in SF April 6th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    ” I’d rather them keep Hughes in that rehab start and then slot him in Nova’s spot.”

    But that might be characterized as a panic move. Dangerous.

    —————–

    Why would that be the panic move? Nova hasn’t looked consistent dating back to the ASB last season. He didn’t light it up in ST. He needs work on his mechanics. Hughes is going to bump someone from the rotation and Phelps has looked better than Nova so far this year.. it’d be nice to at least compare their starts against the same offense before making a decision.

  13. MTU April 6th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Shame-

    “Wouldn’t it be more prudent to keep the guy in the rotation that you know can give you 5+ (Phelps)? Half the problem with the pen is we aren’t getting length from our starters.. why not stick with the guy that has a better chance of giving you length at this point?”

    Shsssssssh ! You’re making too much sense.

    ;)

  14. Benny Blanco April 6th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Harper has 3 hrs? Good grief.

  15. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    this game could get ugly quick..Hughes better be ready

  16. Chip April 6th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    LGY April 6th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    “I’ll use him as more a bridge guy,” Girardi said. “I can use him in a lot of different roles because was have Warren.”

    ——–

    So in other words Phelps is a middle reliever?

    Excellent use of a starting pitching prospect.
    ———————

    Here’s what I don’t get – Ivan Nova gets to run out there and make every start despite stinking. Phelps has done nothing wrong yet they yank him around like he’s a middling guy.

  17. mick April 6th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    So everything that comes out of Girardis mouth is now propaganda?
    Sez who?

  18. Nick in SF April 6th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    ” Why would that be the panic move?”

    I didn’t say it would be a/the panic move, I said it might be characterized as such. Just as the choice to start Hughes today may or may not be a good decision but isn’t necessarily a panic move.

    But if we’re going to compare what the Yankees are actually doing with what you counsel, sending Nova down after one start seems closer to a panic move, given that they decided he should be in the rotation in the first place. A number of commenters here were of the opinion that Nova was pulled too soon and deserved the chance to get out of the 5th inning, or at least go one more hitter. So presumably that group of commenters would disagree with sending Nova down this quickly. They might even characterize such a decision as a panic move.

    Sending Nova down might be the best thing to do, of course.

  19. Chip April 6th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    The person who agrees with what the Yankees are doing with Phelps will say that he can be as valuable to this team as Ramiro Mendoza was back in the day.

    Problem is that the reason Mendoza was used out of the pen was because he wasn’t a good starter – Phelps is.

  20. Chip April 6th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Incidentally – Little Big League is on MLB Network right now. Pretty sure the kid is a better manager/owner than our current combination.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Precedent alert:

    A better arm than Phelps’ has been wasting away in the bullpen for three years.

  22. KPB April 6th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Phelps has done nothing wrong yet they yank him around like he’s a middling guy.
    ————–

    Isn’t this the way they have been handling mL starters(breaking them in) for the last few years?

  23. Chip April 6th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    KPB April 6th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Phelps has done nothing wrong yet they yank him around like he’s a middling guy.
    ————–

    Isn’t this the way they have been handling mL starters(breaking them in) for the last few years?
    ————–

    Find me another team that moves a kid from starter to reliever to starter to reliever to the minors to the majors like this.

  24. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    They certainly broke Chamberlain :D

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