David Phelps to start on Monday, Igarashi recalled


Via Marc Carig, right-hander David Phelps will start in place of CC Sabathia on Monday. The just-signed Derek Lowe will back him up out of the bullpen. Sabathia was placed on the DL with a stiff elbow earlier today. Joel Sherman says the Yankees will recall Ryota Igarashi for tomorrow’s game before activating Lowe in time for Monday’s game.

Categories : Asides, Pitching


  1. DM says:

    I guess Warren didn’t make much of a positive impression last time. I’d rather start Warren and back him up with Phelps than bring Lowe into the fold.

    • DT says:

      Phelps has shown more ability to pitch in the big leagues this year though. Warren in AAA hasn’t exactly been amazing.

    • AC says:

      DM. Are u serious? Warren didn’t look great at all. He got rocked. We aren’t even paying for Lowe. ATL is picking up his tab. Worth a shot Just don’t expect miracles.

    • RetroRob says:

      Why not start Phelps and back him up with Warren? If you’re going to use both, might as well start the better guy and the one who is here and deserves it and see how far he can carry you.

      • DM says:

        B/c Warren has been starting while Phelps has been used (successfully) in relief. Phelps has already been brought in with men on; that would be a new experience for Warren. I’d rather keep both in their current comfort zone. I’d could see using Phelps and bringing up a reliever (like Wade) if Warren wasn’t on turn (1 extra day) but it fits. Warren is coming off his best outing of the year and Phelps isn’t stretched out. I’m sure the Yankees have a good reason, like maybe Warren was so overwhelmed with jitters last time that they don’t trust him (while Lowe is a battle tested warrior); but I’m not sure why you have Warren if not to use him in spot start situations like these. Phelps hasn’t pitched more than 2 innings in a month.

  2. G says:

    YES! So I guess a short start, have Lowe take over, and then let him go a bit longer next start?

    I’m a fan.

  3. viridiana says:

    Warren has been quite good of late, fanned 9 in his last start. Made BA Hot Prospect list. Perfect opportunity to give him a start, backed up by Phelps, who is not likely good for even five innings after pen work.

    • Monty says:

      I thought the same thing and even figured giving him a few days notice this time might help but that Texas line up will likely crush Warren.

    • Tremont says:

      I don’t see any reason to believe Warren can be an effective big league starter right now. Phelps isn’t THAT far removed from starting. I’m sure he can go 80 pitches.

  4. viridiana says:

    Well, the bad news on Lowe is that righties are hitting him to tune of .353. More bad news? Lefties hitting .294.
    But he was really good in 2004.

  5. Wayne says:

    This is a mistake we are going to mess this kids arm up. He could be a key asset to our bullpen down the stretch why mess with it. You are going to need him down the stretch. Hope joe girardi doesn’t do this with prospects that are starters ala Jose Ramirez or Brett Marshall next year. Ramon Ortiz or Brett Marshall could have started this game. Not a big difference between aa and majors.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Phelps was a starter coming up in the first place.

      This is not going to mess his arm up. The Joba stuff has affected you.

    • DERP says:

      Did you really say they isn’t a big difference between AA and MLB?

    • Tremont says:

      If Warren, Ortiz, or Marshall start, they will likely get bombed out in the 3rd inning. Then guess who has to pitch 4 innings anyway

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      This is all sorts of wrong in one convenient package.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      Does no one remember Ramiro Mendoza? There is a role on a baseball team, it’s called a “swingman” or a “6th starter”. They pitch long relief, sometimes short relief, and occasionally make spot starts. Mendoza did this. Aceves did this. Phelps is doing this. Johan Santana did it. Teams have done this for decades.

      Now, you don’t want to run Phelps out there for 120 pitches, but he should be ok for 60-70 pitches, then 80 or so next time out.

      He’s not going to die.

  6. Mick taylor says:

    Is liriano still available for nothing, cashman?

  7. DERP says:

    I’d probably rather have Lowe than Warren. Warren hasn’t been great in AAA the past two years.

  8. Mick taylor says:

    Cashman could have gotten liriano for nothing, but that would clash with the budget, so he is looking at Luis giant.

  9. The Real Greg says:

    Fuck Wallace Matthews and his ruining of my food day.

  10. Mick taylor says:

    Cashman could have gotten Francisco liriano for nothing

  11. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This has gone pretty much as expected. Was driving home listening to the post-game when the CC news came on. My first reaction was an ominous one, of course, and I then wondered if an MRI had already been done or if CC was being sent for one. You all would be proud of what happened next. My wife grabbed my IPhone and went HERE for news. She also read through the comments section and wondered aloud what RT would say. With a clean MRI, I’m less worried for now, but you can’t be thrilled in the long run with this. I know that the medical experts on here will want the EXTRA CRISPY TYE DYE MRI because of what happened with Pineda, but that’s not how it works, folks. I understand the precaution.

    There’s no trust in Warren or Betances to make the start. Phelps is in the majors. Mitchell is in Seattle. I figured someone would be brought in, and I figured the easiest bet was Lowe. It surprises me that Phelps is still getting the start, but I expect about four innings out of him and for Lowe to then either instantly become a True Yankee or go the way of Tim Redding.

    When this is all said and done, and the Yankees are handed the World Series trophy, there better be diamond fucking studs on that bitch this year. They’ll have earned it.

  12. Rich in NJ says:


  13. Mick taylor says:

    Of course crashman did not have the foresight to trade for liriano.

  14. Hoss says:

    Man, where is Jonathan Albaladejo when you need him? What are the odds that Cashman has already put in a call to Sergio Mitre? And Scott Procter did eat up some innings for us last year. Just saying…

    • roy in GA says:

      Hoss, Cashman couldn’t get Verlander because he’s in a pennant race. I don’t understand the insanity here today. Derek Lowe is probably a healthy arm, who knows how to pitch. He is being given a limited role in the bullpen. The bullpen can use some help right now. Joba Chamberlain isn’t getting it done yet. For all we know, Joba might not return to form this year. Who knows? So we have someone with the potential to pitch as well as Luis Ayala did last year. You got a problem with that? He’s going to costs the Yankees around $150,000 for the year. He gets buried in the bullpen on September 1, if he can’t do the job. David Phelps was very recently being stretched out. Then Girardi decided to use him for short work. It is great that some young AAA guy will get a chance to start a game this year. Adam Warren is not having a very good year. So, what is your problem? Scott Proctor was damaged goods when he got a few innings last year. Probably done as a favor by Cashman to him. Sergio Mitre begot Chris Dickerson to the Yankees. Career ended with a shot shoulder.

  15. Mick taylor says:

    Of course cashman did not have the foresight of picking up liriano

  16. Hoss says:

    So are we to assume that Monday will be Igarashi’s last day on the major league roster before DFA?

  17. Robert says:

    D Lowe quit on baseball just another over the hill veteren playing out his last fat cat contract!!!!

    Would rather have seen Warren given another shot or okay why not John Maine at least he has been humbled in AAA and would probably put more effort than we will see from D Load.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      Lowe getting DFA’ed and agreeing to pitch mop up for a shot at a ring is not “humble”?

      His money is guaranteed anyway. He’d get paid sitting home. So your logic is a little flawed.

  18. King George says:

    Does anyone else have a really bad feeling about CC right now? I know the team is saying it’s not a lot to worry about and that his MRI came back clean, but it still leaves me uneasy a fearing the worst. I am an optimist, but I’m also a realist. Elbow injuries are not good at all.

  19. Mick taylor says:

    I guess if liriano is injured the sox got a player with the same name to start tonite’s game. Boy what a coincidence.

    • Andrew 518 says:

      Is that the same one that gave up 6 ER in 3.1 ip? Absolutely right Cashman should issue an apology to each and every one of us, he’s blowing this hard!

    • Steve (different one) says:

      Liriano was hurt in his last start, i think he was hit by a batted ball, but not serious enough to miss his start tonight.

      By the way, you are pointing out the fact that he started tonight but fail to mention he gave up 6 runs in 3.1 innings, bringing his season ERA to 5.35, or half a run higher than Freddie Garcia. Pointing out that he started tonight, a game in which he pitched like shit, does not really make your argument stronger. Do you not realize the issue there, or are you just content trolling?

    • DT says:

      Yea Liriano and his 5+ ERA is the missing piece we needed.

  20. roadrider says:

    It’s a good thing they kept Phelps stretched out instead of making sure that retread Freddie Garcia could keep throwing 5-inning starts. Oh wait …

    • AndrewYF says:

      If they kept Phelps stretched out, he would have replaced Garcia in the rotation. Which would mean the Yankees would have to start Garcia on Monday. Not really sure where you’re going with this.

      Besides, Garcia has a 3.83 ERA since rejoining the rotation, and has been averaging just under 6 innings per start. He’s been more than fine for a 5th starter.

      • YankeeJosh says:

        Well, Phelps could have been kept stretched out at AAA.

        But I believe the thinking is that since Garcia doesn’t rely on speed and the Yankees aren’t concerned about his arm, it would be easier to stretch him back out as opposed to Phelps.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      Because Phelps was pitching deep into games even when he was stretched out? I would rather have had Phelps in the rotation over Garcia, but picking on Garcia’s lack of innings seems wrong when I clearly remember Phelps running up very high pitch counts and being pulled in the 4th/5th inning…

      Also, Garcia has actually been pretty good. We should be happy about that.

      Phelps is getting his shot now. We should be happy about that too.

      So, it’ll take him 2-3 starts to get back to 100 pitches. Big deal.

    • DT says:

      Garcia has been decent so far

  21. Wayne says:

    What I meant to say was there’s not a big difference between double a and triple a. Marshall has pitched well enough and if he went six innings two runs you take it. If he gets knocked around then you bring in phelps. Just becaus warren bombed doesn’t mean the same will happen to Marshall. I think he has got a decent fastball and a changup so you never know but I hope they don’t expect more than 3 inn from phelps.
    But I get the Mendoza comparison so if you’re right about that, then I guess he ‘ll be fine!

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