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David Phelps | Relief Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/9/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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David Phelps retired all seven Red Sox he faced for his first career save on Thursday.
Shawn Kelley was unavailable tonight after throwing 31 pitches Wednesday, so the Yankees simply decided to stick with Phelps in the ninth, though they did have Matt Thornton warming behind him in case he got into trouble. Bob Davidson gave him a very, very generous third strike call on Mike Napoli to start the ninth, and Phelps made it look easy after that. It was quite a change from a first 10 days that had seen him allow three homers in 3 2/3 innings. Apr 10 - 10:50 PM

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David Phelps is no longer in the rotation race.

Michael Pineda beat out Phelps for the Yankees' fifth starter job with a fantastic showing in Grapefruit League play. Phelps is now trying to secure a spot in the bullpen. He'll probably be a swingman this year.
Mar 25 - 4:17 PM

David Phelps shut out the Rays for five innings in a 3-3 tie on Sunday.

Phelps, whose name has come up in trade rumors with the Mariners, has allowed one two runs in 9 2/3 innings this spring. The Yankees are rooting for Michael Pineda to beat him out for the opening in their rotation, but even if that happens, there will be no pressure on them to make a deal. Phelps would still be valuable to the team as a middle reliever and rotation insurance.
Mar 9 - 5:12 PM

David Phelps allowed just one run despite giving up five hits and a walk over 2 2/3 innings against the Orioles Tuesday.

Phelps struck out a pair on the night, with the lone run coming home on an RBI groundout. The right-hander has served as a swingman for the Yankees the last two seasons but has a good shot at the fifth starter job if he pitches well this spring.
Mar 4 - 9:46 PM

David Phelps gave up a run in two innings and struck out four against the Pirates on Thursday.

The run came on a Gregory Polanco homer. All four strikeouts were looking. Phelps is probably at the mercy of Michael Pineda as he contends for a rotation spot this spring. If Pineda pitches up to his potential, it won't matter what Phelps does. Ideally, the Yankees could stick Phelps in middle relief initially and then use him to plug any gaps that develop.
Feb 27 - 4:25 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he's still unsure of how David Phelps will be used in 2014.

"I think he's pretty much capable of doing whatever you ask him to do," Girardi said. "There's a lot of things we have to evaluate this spring, and he's a big part, trying to figure out where he fits in." Phelps will compete with Michael Pineda, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno for the fifth spot in the Yanks' rotation this spring, but if he fails to earn the job he'll certainly have a role in the bullpen. The right-hander appeared in 22 games last year, starting 12 and finishing three en route to a 4.98 ERA in 86 2/3 innings of work.
Feb 22 - 6:04 PM

Yankees activated RHP David Phelps from the 60-day disabled list.

Phelps has been shelved since early June due to a combination of forearm and elbow issues. He'll presumably pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 10:06:00 AM

David Phelps (elbow) will throw a bullpen session before the end of the week.

Phelps has been sidelined since early June due to forearm and elbow issues. The Yankees are hoping he'll be an option out of the bullpen before the end of the season.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 11:43:00 PM

David Phelps (elbow) has been cleared for catch.

It's a nice step in the right direction, but Phelps still seems doubtful to return this season. He has been out since early June with elbow and forearm troubles.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 11:23:00 AM

Yankees transferred RHP David Phelps form the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

It was a procedural move to clear a roster spot for David Huff. Phelps is still recovering from forearm and elbow strains and might not pitch again this year.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 11:03:00 AM

David Phelps has been diagnosed with a new elbow strain and will be shut down for two weeks.

Phelps has been sidelined since early June because of a strained forearm and keeps having setbacks. The right-hander might not be able to make it back this year.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 05:06:00 PM

David Phelps has been scratched from a scheduled rehab start Saturday due to renewed elbow soreness.

Not good news. Phelps has been on the disabled list since June 5 with a forearm strain and there is now no timetable for his return. He will presumably examined by an elbow specialist at some point next week.
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 05:43:00 PM

David Phelps (forearm) will make at least one more rehab start before being activated from the disabled list.

Phelps allowed two runs and two hits -- including a homer -- in 3 2/3 innings in a rehab start with Double-A Trenton Tuesday. "He felt OK," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Probably not as sharp as we've seen him during the course of the season, but I kind of expect that when you haven't been on the mound and you haven't faced hitters in a while." Phelps will likely be sent to the bullpen once activated.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 11:25:00 PM

David Phelps (forearm) is expected to make a rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Phelps has been out since July 5 with a strained right forearm, but will be sent on a rehab assignment before he's activated from the disabled list. Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed that his spot in the starting rotation won't be guaranteed upon his return.
Sat, Jul 20, 2013 11:02:00 AM

David Phelps (forearm) doesn't expect to miss more than one turn in the rotation.

Phelps didn't feel his forearm while he was pitching, but rather it just stiffened up on him while he was in bed. All tests came back clean. He expects to resume throwing Monday, but it remains to be seen if he'll still have a spot in the rotation once healthy.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 09:13:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Francisco Cervelli
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Brian Roberts
2Dean Anna
3Scott Sizemore
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Kelly Johnson
2Yangervis Solarte
3Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Ichiro Suzuki
DH1Alfonso Soriano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1CC Sabathia
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Masahiro Tanaka
4Ivan Nova
5Michael Pineda
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Shawn Kelley
3Matt Thornton
4Dellin Betances
5Adam Warren
6David Phelps
7Vidal Nuno
8Cesar Cabral