Phelps to Single-A

June, 14, 2012
6/14/12
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With David Robertson coming off the DL on Friday, the Yankees have optioned David Phelps to Single-A Tampa. The reason they have done this is so he can build up his arm strength at a lower level before going to Triple-A to start. In theory, once he builds up his arm strength, he will be the starter-in-waiting once the Yankees have an injury to their rotation.

Freddy Garcia, the de facto long man, probably is teetering on the territory where he won't be a viable option if a starter is needed. (Before you yell at your screen, I realize he hasn't really gotten anyone out this year, which hurts his starting candidacy.)

The Yankees could have released Garcia and eaten the rest of his $4 million salary, but chose not to do that. At least, not yet.

Phelps went 1-2 with a 2.94 ERA.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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