Adam Warren may be moving back to the rotation soon. With Nathan Eovaldi out until at least the end of the regular season, the Yankees began to stretch him out in last night’s loss to the Orioles. Sabathia pitched 4.2 innings (throwing 85 pitches), giving a run (three earned), striking out five and walking three. Eighty five was Sabathia’s limit, so in came Warren. The reliever went 2.2 innings and threw 47 pitches, his longest outing since August 5.
While the Yankees have five guys already in the rotation, it makes sense to give them a bit of rest through the end of the year, of which there are only 23 games left. It preserves them ever so slightly for the playoffs, but stretching out Warren also gives the Yankees insurance for Sabathia. With Sabathia dealing with right knee inflammation, and having to wear a brace while he pitches, there is no guarantee as to how that knee is going to hold up the rest of the way.
Warren was in the Yankees rotation to start the season and he did solid job. In 14 games, he had a 3.59 ERA, striking out 54 in 82.2 innings, before moving to the bullpen. Out of the pen, his numbers are slightly better with 2.51 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 32.1 innings.
Warren has been used mostly as a sixth or seventh inning guy for New York while in the pen. He’s been good, allowing the Yankees starter to have shorter outings, if needed, with Warren, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller to close it out.
If given the choice between bullpen Warren and starter Warren, I would rather have him in the rotation – if that choice were between Sabathia and Warren. Luckily, come playoff time, that decision shouldn’t be an issue as the Yankees won’t need five starters should they make it to the ALDS.