After watching Vidal Nuno continue to give up homers and continue to pitch badly, and with the Yankees fresh out of internal options (and there aren’t any more pitchers out there available for $1), Joe Girardi had a decision to make; does Adam Warren get put in the rotation? The answer is a resounding no according to NJ.com.
“There are two things you have to think about if you decide to make him a starter,” Girardi said. “How do you build him up because it’s going to take a while and you’ll probably have one of your starting pitchers build up (off the DL) by then.”
“Now, you’re taking an extremely important component of your bullpen away. So, in a sense, you’re robbing Peter to pay Paul. And where Warren has been able to help us usually twice out of every five days, you’re only going to get one start every five days.”
“He has been extremely important to the success of the bullpen. I know he has been talked about a lot (as a possible option) but the rotation is what it is.”
I actually have to go with Girardi on this. As much as the rotation is lacking at the back half, it’s going to take way too long for Warren to stretch back out. This isn’t a Chase Whitley-situation when he got stretched out in the minors and then continued it in the majors. This isn’t David Phelps, who came in the rotation in April when Michael Pineda went down.
The Yankees are going to have to go outside the organization for rotation help plain and simple. It’s too late to stretch out Warren.