On David Phelps' usual day to pitch,Yankees manager Joe Girardi has listed Adam Warren as tonight's starter for the Yankees when they host the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
The main reason for Warren getting the start is because Girardi finally announced today that Michael Pineda will be the Yankees' fifth starter to begin the season, with Phelps going to the bullpen. Girardi also said that Warren will be going to the bullpen, but might be starting Warren tonight to keep him stretched out as a long relief man.
Warren has had a pretty good spring for the Yankees. He's made three starts so far, and tonight will be his fourth. In all, he's tossed 8.2 innings and worked to an ERA of 2.08.
Warren worked well out of the bullpen last season for the Yankees, and there is very little doubt that he will be able to put together the same kind of performance against this season.
As for the game tonight, the Yankees are playing the Phillies for the fourth time this spring. They're coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, in which they ended a seven-game innings streak. Not that winning matters in spring training, but with just six games left, it always helps to be playing well.
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Carlos Beltran DH
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Brian McCann C
- Alfonso Soriano RF
- Kelly Johnson 3B
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Ichiro Suzuki CF
** The Yankees are using another lineup very close to the one we'll see on Opening Day, minus Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 1-for-4 in a minor league game this morning. Girardi told reporters that Ellsbury is expected to play in another minor league tomorrow.
** In other injury news, Girardi did not sound too hopeful that Brendan Ryan would be available to play for the Yankees on Opening Day, as he continues to deal with the back injury.
** Before tonight's game, the Yankees optioned catcher John Ryan Murphy to minor league camp. Girardi wasn't yet ready to name who his backup catcher would be, but it's not very hard to say that Francisco Cervelli has won the job with the impressive spring he has put together.