Yankees recall David Phelps

Via Meredith Marokovits of YES, the Yankees have recaled right-handed pitcher David Phelps. Phelps of course started the season as the Yankees’ long reliever and made some starts for the team to bridge the gap between Freddy Garcia‘s removal from the rotation and the big league arrival of the Andy Pettitte Comeback Tour, but was optioned down to the minor leagues to get more regular work once the team’s starters began to click and pitch deeper into games, limiting the playing time for Phelps in the majors. He’s been pitching for the High-A Tampa Yankees in an effort to get stretched out, but apparently those plans have changed now that C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte are on the disabled list. Presumably Phelps will go back to his role as the long man in the bullpen.

In the corresponding roster move, the Yankees have optioned reliever Ryota Igarashi back to the minors.
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Looking At Hughes’ 12-6 and 11-5 Curveballs

With the elimination of the cutter from Phil Hughes’ repertoire, he’s become a three pitch starter who, at times, looks completely reliant on the fastball. If you’re unfamiliar, the 26 year old throws a four-seam fastball, a curveball, and a changeup to lefties. Since removing the cutter from his repertoire, Hughes has pitched to a 3.48 ERA over the last 64.2 innings, but he’s also dealt with a couple games where he’s been lit up. A lack of an out pitch has always been a problem for him, but he’s made some big steps in the last two months in Continue reading Looking At Hughes’ 12-6 and 11-5 Curveballs

Meet Adam Warren

When the Yankees take the field to play the White Sox at Yankee Stadium tonight, Adam Warren will take to the mound to throw his first official major league pitch as he makes his big league debut. Filling in for C.C. Sabathia after the Yankees’ ace was placed on the disabled list with a groin strain on Wednesday, the rookie is going to have some, um, big shoes to fill right from the get go. And while Warren might only be slated to get a couple of starts while Sabathia rests up as of now, a good performance could earn him an extended stay in the Bronx, either in a long relief role or in Andy Pettitte‘s rotation spot. If you read Tamar’s farm reports or follow prospect reports at all, you’re probably familiar with Warren by now, but if not, here’s a rundown of what to expect from the rookie.

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Waxing poetic on Adam Warren’s first start

I can imagine nothing more nerve-racking in the game of baseball than a player or pitcher’s first plate appearance or first start. Like many, I try to imagine what he’s going through and what he’s thinking, yet I still can’t fathom it. The swirl of opposing emotions must be the most conflicting thing that this guy’s ever been through in his life. Tonight, Adam Warren will take his turn at a Major League debut and more than many things, a Major League debut reminds us of the nature and beauty of baseball. As I’ve said countless times, baseball is a Continue reading Waxing poetic on Adam Warren’s first start

AL East competition helping Yankees

Despite last night’s depressing loss in a game it appeared the team should have won, the Yankees did not lose any ground in the American League East. The Orioles, Bay Rays and Red Sox all lost to keep the Yankees cushion at five games over the Orioles and six and a half over both the Red Sox and the Rays. And the mediocre play in the division should be of some comfort during a time when the Yankees are missing two of the guns in their starting pitching arsenal.

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Yanks lose to White Sox in odd 9th inning

Everything tonight went just about according to plan. The Yankees got a strong performance from Ivan Nova and quickly gained the lead after falling behind. They got a strong performance out of the bullpen in the eighth, then it all fell apart. Let’s start with the fifth inning. Ivan Nova gave up a homer to Alejandro De Aza, the first run of the game for either team. Paul O’Neill made this observation a few times and I definitely agreed: It was odd that De Aza’s homer was the first run, considering that both Nova and Chicago starter Dylan Axelrod were Continue reading Yanks lose to White Sox in odd 9th inning

The Farm Report: 6/28/12

Graham Stoneburner made his first rehab appearance, struggling over two innings in the GCL.  Trenton gave up a decent lead in the ninth to take a tough loss to New Britain and Staten Island struggled against Hudson Valley, but the rest of the Yankees’ affiliates came out victorious.

Empire State beat Gwinnett 11-5:
The Yankees drew first blood, as Chris Dickerson singled to start the bottom of the inning.  Jack Cust connected with a ground-rule double and Russell Branyan singled in both runners for the early lead.  The Yankees put the game away in the fourth.  Francisco Cervelli tripled to right and scored on a double from Brandon Laird.  Cole Garner singled and Laird scored on a grounder from Ramiro Pena.  Dickerson singled to right and stole second.  Corban Joseph lined a double to the outfield, plating two runs.  Ronnier Mustelier singled in Joseph and Cust homered for the 9-0 lead.  The Braves got their first run in the top of the seventh, but the Yankees responded with two runs in the eighth, as Branyan and Cervelli hit sac flies.  Gwinnett had one last rally in them in the ninth, scoring four runs before the final out of the game gave the Yankees an 11-5 victory.

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Three-run homer in ninth sinks Yanks, 4-3

The Chicago White Sox scored three runs in the top of the ninth on a three-run home run by Dayan Viciendo off of David Robertson to defeat the New York Yankees in come-from-behind fashion, 4-3. With Rafael Soriano unavailable, Yankees’ manager, Joe Girardi elected to start the ninth with Cody Eppley, who had retired Paul Konerko on a strikeout to end the eighth. But the move backfired as Alex Rios laced a single to left. Girardi then brought in Clay Rapada to face A.J. Pierzynski and Rapada did induce the White Sox’ catcher to ground right back to the mound in what could have been a double-play. But Rapada threw the ball into center field and not only was everyone safe, but Rios went to third. Only then did Joe Girardi bring in David Robertson who promptly delivered the homer to Viciendo. Derek Jeter came within a few feet of winning the game in the bottom of the ninth, but it fell short of the wall to end the game.

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