Joe Girardi made his first full press conference of the year as pitchers and catchers reported to Tampa on Tuesday. Once again this spring, right-handed pitcher Adam Warren will be stretched out as a starter.
This is nothing new to Warren; the Yankees have stretched him out as a starter in previous spring trainings. Girardi said Tuesday, “we will build (Warren) up as a starter and see where he’s at and go from there.”
In five big league seasons, Warren has started 21 games with the majority of his work coming out of the bullpen. 2015 was Warren’s biggest season as a starter when he started 17 games for the New York. He appears to be on the outside looking in for the fifth spot in the rotation, however, with pitchers like Luis Severino, Luis Cessa, Bryan Mitchell and Chad Green vying for the same role.
Warren is an important piece for the Yankees as his versatility gives Girardi plenty of options either out of the bullpen or in spot starts.