Yankees activate David Robertson, option David Phelps


The Yankees have officially activated David Robertson off the disabled list, the team announced. David Phelps was optioned to the minors to make room on the roster. He’ll get stretched out with High-A Tampa before joining Triple-A Empire State.

Robertson has been on the shelf for a little over a month, and his return will help lighten the late-inning load on Cory Wade, Boone Logan, et al. Those guys did a great job in his absence. Phelps had recorded one out and thrown a total of nine pitches sine May 28th, so it’s not a surprise he was sent down. He needs regular work and this is the best way to get it.

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  1. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Sending Phelps down is for the best. He needs regular work, and wasn’t going to get it with this team.


    • jjyank says:

      Agreed whole-heartedly.

    • BK2ATL says:


      We might have a logjam in the bullpen now, but oh well. Eppley’s pitched well, as has Rapada, Wade and Logan. Garcia’s our long man. Soriano now appears more comfortable closing. I think he mentioned something about Mariano helping him.

      Add Robertson to the mix and we have CoRaCoLoRoSo.

  2. RetroRob says:

    Phelps will be back in the next month or so. The Yankees starters have been going deep into the games of late, cutting down on the need for Phelps, but that trend will probably not continue.

    I wonder which starter will lose his job when Phelps returns?

  3. Smallz says:

    I reliezed a few days ago that Phelps was still in the major leagues. When is the last time he pitched?? Hes so much better off starting everyday in AAA

  4. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Also looks like Higgy was promoted to AA. Could you imagine if he becomes the major league catcher out of the whole lot of catchers the team has had in the minors.

  5. M-Three says:

    I am very split on this move. Its good that Phelps will actually pitch but I hate he is being sent down.

    He has pitched well this year but for some reason Girardi refused to use him late in close games. Instead he would use scrubs like Eppley and Garcia in spots where it would’ve been good for Phelps to get work and build some confidence.

    Lets face it, the only reason that Garcia is still here is because Girardi likes him and the 4 mil he is making. The guy has no right being on this team still. We can all only hope that he and Eppley will gone once Joba and Aardsma are ready.

    • 28 this year says:

      Calling Eppley a scrub right now is just wrong. He isn’t great by any means but right now he’s getting the job done and thats what counts.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Phelps got 33.2 IP in about a forth of a season before this recent lull.

      The reason Garcia is on the team is that he pitched very well last season, acceptably the season before, and very well when healthy the season before that.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      So…even though the guys Girardi used pitched absolutely lights out, it was still the wrong move? Take about damned if you do….

    • BK2ATL says:

      Phelps was brought up to be a long man and spot starter. Not sure how you missed how they’ve used him all year.

      He wasn’t brought up here to be brought in late in close games. We have people for that purpose already. He doesn’t have Phil Hughes 95-96 mph or Joba 97-98 mph short relief stuff.

      He wasn’t being used due to the starters all pitching deeper into games. Plus once Pettite was called up and once Hughes got things straightened out, there wasn’t a place for Phelps. It was best that he was sent down to stay sharp.

      Garcia has every right to be on this team. He’s a legit #6th starter, one that many contending teams would kill for. He had a rocky start to the season, but has settled down in relief. I’d have no problem if they plugged him in for a spot start here or there. The change of pace from the rest of the staff would work fine. Girardi and Cashman know very well the value of Garcia.

    • RetroRob says:

      Garcia pitched fine for the Yankees last year and has been okay in limited action of the pen. Your solution: Cut Garcia and lose him and millions of dollars. Yankees solution: Keep both Garcia and Phelps.

      Not really a difficult decision.

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