June 29, 2012

Phelps called up, Igarashi sent down

It was one and done in New York for Ryota Igarashi. One day, that is.

Without facing a batter in his 24-hour assignment with the Yankees, Igarashi is probably on his way to Rochester to meet up with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. And with that move, the Yankees have recalled right-hander David Phelps.

Phelps, a 25-year-old rookie who opened the season in the Yankees' bullpen, has a 2.94 ERA in 33.2 innings pitched. When premier setup man David Robertson returned from the disabled list June 14, the Yankees made room for him by optioning Phelps to Tampa. Phelps made two starts with the high-A Yankees, totaling just 5.1 innings without allowing a run.

He is clearly needed in New York now, with CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte on the disabled list, and he looks to be up for the challenge that lies ahead.

The Yankees have three more games this weekend with the Central's first-place White Sox, then it doesn't get any easier. On Monday, New York visits the Rays for a three-game set, and after a day off Thursday, the Yankees head to Boston for four games in three days.

No pressure, Phelps.

If the Yankees survive these next games, they'll have made it to the All-Star break. Then maybe they'll beat the Angels on my birthday on the 14th.

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