The New York Yankees have finally chosen a pitcher to replace the injured David Phelps on Friday versus the Cleveland Indians and it is none other than one of the newest members of the Bronx Bombers, Esmil Rogers (1-0, 5.84 ERA).
The Yanks' official Twitter feed broke the news:
RHP Esmil Rogers (1-0, 5.84) will start vs. the Indians tomorrow night.
Rogers, who was acquired on July 31 after spending much of the season with the Toronto Blue Jays, has yet to make a start this season. In four relief appearances for the Yankees, Rogers has yet to allow a run in four innings pitched.
Rogers did make 20 starts in 2013 and pitched to a 4.77 ERA in 44 total appearances (24 in relief).
The need to replace Phelps came after the 27-year-old was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his elbow, which was a problem Phelps was apparently dealing with for weeks, per manager Joe Girardi.
There was a possibility that Michael Pineda could take Phelps' spot on Friday, but the Yanks opted against that and instead will allow Pineda to pitch his second rehab start for Scranton.
After that, Pineda could return to pitch on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles, although nothing is certain yet.
The Yanks have had a ton of success with spot starters in 2014 after 80 percent of their rotation went down and now it's Rogers' turn to continue that trend. He has been excellent with the Yanks thus far and will look to continue that against the Indians.
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