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Saturday afternoon notes: Phelps waiting for defined role

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 22, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

David Phelps

David Phelps could do almost anything for the Yankees this season, but it’s safe to say he’ll do something.

After Phelps threw a simulated game this morning, manager Joe Girardi said he’s expecting to have David Phelps break camp with the Yankees, it’s just a matter of figuring out which role he’s going to play.

“I think that’s pretty fair to say, that you expect him to do something,” Girardi said. “He’s thrown the ball well, and you expect him to continue to help us. … I think he’s pretty much capable of doing whatever you ask him to do. There’s a lot of things we have to evaluate this spring, and he’s a big part, trying to figure out where he fits in.”

For now, Phelps is in the competition for the fifth starter spot. Michael Pineda has gotten most of the attention in that competition, but Phelps is certainly the most familiar face. It’s now been two years since Phelps was a kind of surprise addition to the 2012 Opening Day roster. Bouncing among various roles that season, he finished with nearly 100 innings and a 3.34 ERA. Last year, his ERA bumped to 4.98 in a year cut short by a forearm issue.

“He has not had any issues this spring,” Girardi said. “But I do believe it’s something you have to watch.”

As he’s done through most of his career — both in the minor leagues and in the majors — Phelps has mostly avoided the spotlight this spring. He hasn’t attracted much attention, but he looms as a possibility for either the rotation, a long relief job, or possibly as a setup candidate. It seems inevitable that he’s going to play a role, it’s just a matter of figuring out which one.

“Phelpsy’s a guy who we believe can help us in so many different roles,” Girardi said. “He knows how to pitch, he’s got four pitches, and he knows how to use them all. And he knows how to locate. That’s the key, for him, is location.”

Austin Romine, Jorge Posada· Right field prospect Tyler Austin is hoping his latest wrist setback costs him only a couple of days. He began feeling discomfort earlier in the week, but he didn’t mention it to the coaching staff until today. “I thought it was one of those things I could just get through,” he said. Ultimately, Austin decided to speak up to make sure he didn’t play his way into something more serious. “Just a little sore,” he said.

· It’s worth noting that Austin has been in Tampa since January 13, so he’s been hitting for a while, but Austin said all of his at-bats were closely monitored and he wasn’t taking a ton of swings. “It’s not like I’m overdoing it,” he said.

· Nik Turley is also optimistic that today’s arm soreness is a non-issue. He spent some time with the training staff today and said he’s not concerned. “Just a little soreness,” he said. “Nothing’s wrong.”

· It actually turned into a pretty nice day here in Tampa. The Yankees were able to get on the field for batting practice, but most of the veteran guys — Derek Jeter and Co. — hit inside rather than on the field. There were a handful of live BP sessions, though. Manny Banuelos seemed pretty sharp. “I like what I see,” Girardi said.

· Jose Campos has not yet faced hitters this spring, but he said he’s expecting to throw live batting practice next week. He said his bullpens have been strong, and he’s feeling no discomfort in his elbow (which cost him most of the 2012 season). The Yankees limited his innings last season — and they’ll surely do that to some extent this year — but Campos said he hasn’t been told anything about the plan for this season. He just knows he feels good and feels like he’s throwing the ball pretty well. “He looks really good,” Girardi said.

Manny Banuelos, Pete O'Brien· Worth noting that today the Orioles signed outfielder Nelson Cruz to a one-year, $8-million deal. It comes right on the heels of the Orioles signing Ubaldo Jimenez. “Adds to their lineup, gives them another big right-handed bat who’s been a run producer,” Girardi said. “I’m sure they’re excited about the moves they’ve made in the last 24 hours. … It even makes them better, is what it does. And our division gets tougher and tougher, it seems, every year. And you expect it to be extremely tough this year.”

· The Yankees first exhibition game is Tuesday against Florida State University (a team that includes Heisman winner Jameis Winston). Girardi said he hasn’t decided which veterans will play in the game, but some of them will probably play an inning or two. “I might put a few in there,” Girardi said. “I’ve got to see where they are, maybe one at-bat and get them going.”

· Randomly asked Shane Greene about Gary Sanchez’s defense today. I was surprised by just how emphatic Greene was in his praise of Sanchez’s improvement behind the plate. Greene’s been pitching to Sanchez for several years now and said he no longer thinks Sanchez’s defense is an issue. He said Sanchez has gotten night-and-day better behind the plate, and that Sanchez does a good job controlling the running game. Greene himself had a breakout year last season, and he did it while largely pitching to Sanchez. I didn’t expect Greene to rip Sanchez’s defense, but I was surprised by the overwhelming language he used. Said he’s come to really like pitching to him.

· Here’s Girardi on what he’s seen from Sanchez this spring: “He’s grown up, and physically he’s getting better every year, which is important because your workload has to increase every year. And if you want to play in the big leagues, your workload can really get heavy. We think he’s made some really good strides in that area.”

· Final word goes to Girardi, and it’s his response to a question about Jesus Montero showing up out of shape in Mariners camp: “You’re always a little bit surprised. Sometimes you’re not sure why things happen, but I think Lloyd (McClendon) said it best — you worry about the guys in your camp.”

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47 Responses to “Saturday afternoon notes: Phelps waiting for defined role”

  1. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I can give it up to Abba, but regarding tomorrow Brandon, Go Canada Go!

  2. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Gordon Lightfoot is still on tour, coming to Hamilton in May. Cripes, he almost died here ten years ago. He raised a lot of proceeds for the families left behind from the Edmund Fitzgerald.

  3. AAA February 22nd, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Aw man, the U.S. was down to face Finland. The same thing happened to me in ’98. Gretzky was in tears after that shootout loss to the Czechs and Hasek, and we just didn’t have the heart for it after that. You guys have a golden team, don’t worry about it.

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    Nice of you to say jmills, but the fact is that in the USA’s 3 toughest games, they were manhandled by Canada, got hammered by the Finns, and needed gimmickry to beat a weaker than expected Russian team that should have been awarded a 3-2 win.

    They US team simply was not good enough to win at this level.

  4. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    One of my favourite songs of all time is Dido’s ” White Flag “. There’s a great tribute both to her and gilles villeneuve on youtube.

  5. AAA February 22nd, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Gordon Lightfoot is still on tour, coming to Hamilton in May. Cripes, he almost died here ten years ago. He raised a lot of proceeds for the families left behind from the Edmund Fitzgerald

    ===================================

    Rainy day people always seem to know when it’s time to call.

  6. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    AAA, I disagree, the U.S. were one step away.

  7. bigdan22 February 22nd, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Is this the theatre of the absurd or what?

    Here is a guy with chronic wrist pain. He went on DL last summer for it. He dropped out of the AFL in the fall for it. Here it is, spring training, February, and his at bats are being “closely monitored” because he is afraid of “overdoing it.” I’m pretty sure the job of a hitter is to swing his bat with a high level of force. And swing fairly often because this is a game of repetition. If Tyler Austin can’t do that, after at least 8 months rehab and rest, then what on earth is he doing on the field?

  8. AAA February 22nd, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    AAA, I disagree, the U.S. were one step away.

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    Eye of the beholder, I guess. Canada destroyed them. If ever there was a 1-0 blowout, yesterday was it.

  9. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    AAA, I’m overjoyed with my defence. They’ve been directing the offence the whole time ( whispers of Orr ).

  10. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Doughty, my god.

  11. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Come hell or high water, my Canadian hockey teams rock! :D

  12. bigdan22 February 22nd, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Campos is another one. No one seems to know what was wrong with his elbow two years ago because apparently the Yanks would never really come out and say. A bone bruise? A fracture? Who knows? But last year they treated him like he was in t-ball. He needs to throw like an adult pitcher this year and if he’s hurt he needs to be treated. That’s it.

    Serious injuries don’t generally heal themselves. Banuelos seemed to take forever to get his TJS. Of course you should be conservative at first, but when it comes to surgery, the Yanks make Sean Hannity looks like Nancy Pelosi on the conservative meter.

  13. Blojaldo February 22nd, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    This has always amused me. That some bloggers who are not doctors, don’t have access to a players confidential medical records and have not examined the player . . . feel qualified to pass judgment on their injuries and how they were handled. And it’s always the Yankee’s fault, as if these highly skilled, educated, trained professionals with years of experience who care deeply about what they do are somehow incompetent.

  14. Hans Davenport February 22nd, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    This has always amused me. That some bloggers who are not doctors, don’t have access to a players confidential medical records and have not examined the player . . . feel qualified to pass judgment on their injuries and how they were handled.

    Strangely enough, I must admit, what you say makes sense.

  15. Hans Davenport February 22nd, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    ( whispers of Orr ). Really? I don’t think there will ever be anyone or anything close to him.

  16. I am Brett Godner February 22nd, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    “Blojaldo February 22nd, 2014 at 4:16 pm
    This has always amused me. That some bloggers who are not doctors, don’t have access to a players confidential medical records and have not examined the player . . . feel qualified to pass judgment on their injuries and how they were handled. And it’s always the Yankee’s fault, as if these highly skilled, educated, trained professionals with years of experience who care deeply about what they do are somehow incompetent.”

    Welcome to the internets. You will also find that there are many pictures of cats and naked ladies for you to enjoy.

  17. Blojaldo February 22nd, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Well, I didn’t say I was surprised, just amused. :)

  18. Hans Davenport February 22nd, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    This has always amused me. That some bloggers who are not doctors, don’t have access to a players confidential medical records and have not examined the player . . . feel qualified to pass judgment on their injuries and how they were handled.

    Really not much different then much of the completely unfounded speculations on who is taking PEDs and who isn’t.

  19. austinmac February 22nd, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I’m just hoping there are no naked cats.

  20. Blojaldo February 22nd, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    You’re one hep cat.

  21. tomingeorgia February 22nd, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    austin,
    There are. Just google it.

  22. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Austin, there are no naked cats here, I respect.

  23. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    tom, hi, my hockey teams are good, I didn’t expect this much.

  24. Pat M. February 22nd, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Syracuse + 6 / UCLA + 3 ….Let the good time roll on….6 game winning streak.

  25. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I am cheering for Ryan Goins. The guy can field with the best of them. When it comes to runs, I expect Bautista to get it done.

  26. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    tomingeorgia, I don’t get it, Dave Stieb is a hall of famer. One day, Jim Rice was at the plate in, Boston. Dave wasn’t about to let the Jays lose! Whitt was great in that grand slam come from behind!

  27. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I got Duane Ward for Doyle Alexander – it worked out in the end.

  28. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    My #1 Jays pitcher – no prob, Stieb, of course! Clemens had 2 shut out years year – true, Gwen. I don’t care. Stieb rules!

  29. tomingeorgia February 22nd, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    jmills,
    Haven’t a clue what you’re talking about, and lose those commas!

  30. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    tom, I have to keep trying for those commas. I was enjoying the largest aircraft carrier – Nimitz ( forgive me if I spell wrong ). Special thing to get those jets launched like that.

  31. tomingeorgia February 22nd, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    jmills,
    Bringing 20-plus tons of metal up to 160 mph off the front of a boat and have it fly away is indeed a special thing.

  32. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    tomingeorgia, as Vickie Lawrence ( the night the lights went out in Georgia ) is my witness, your are a friend. I hope I beat the Swedes. :D

  33. tomingeorgia February 22nd, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    jmills,
    I don’t think you will beat the Swedes, but I think your countrymen will!

  34. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I made a grammatical mistake. Your as in, ” you’re “, sorry, my bad.

  35. bigdan22 February 22nd, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Yep I’m not a doctor. Nor do I have access to confidential medical records. But in Nov 2012 I predicted that considering the serious nature of Jeter’s injury and his age, it was highly unlikely he would be their full time SS in 2013. And last summer, and last fall, I stated that chronic wrist injuries do not go away on their own for hitters and that Tyler Austin would most likely need surgery to correct his problem. Hey, maybe I’m clairvoyant. Or maybe I have an appreciation for history and a solid dose of common sense. Hmm.

    BTW, some other folks also have questions and concerns about the Yankees and injuries:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....aff-91213/

  36. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    tom, that is very confusing, if my hockey team wins, I win, right?

  37. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Ok, I’ve had enough. Sweden has a great team, no doubt, Gwen. Are they effing Canmada, no!!! Doug Gilmour

  38. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I spelt ” spelled ” Canada wrong – who is asking?

  39. tomingeorgia February 22nd, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    jmills,
    Of course you do, but other guys have to do it for you. I’ll be watching at 7 AM. Glad it won’t interfere wit the Daytona 500. The Nationwide race today was a real snooze, thanks to the new rules they put in for this year. I hope the drivers can figure them out and give us a real race tomorrow.

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  43. jmills February 22nd, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Let me say this, I have an over the top team despite the Swedes.

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