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Adam Warren to start season in bullpen

On Tuesday, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Adam Warren will start the season in the bullpen, narrowing the competition for the final two rotation spots.

Warren may have lost his chance to be in the rotation after allowing 4 runs on four hits in three innings against the Blue Jays on Saturday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field. This spring, the 29-year-old has posted a 4.80 ERA in 15 innings.

This means two of Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Bryan Mitchell and Chad Green will break camp as the team’s fourth and fifth starters. The odd man out will likely be optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Montgomery will make his final spring training start against the Blue Jays on Wednesday, followed by Severino on Thursday against the Phillies, and Pineda on Friday against the Braves at SunTrust Park, with Green and Mitchell likely to make appearances somewhere.

Montgomery has impressed the most so far, as the lefty threw four no-hit innings against the Rays on March 17 and followed that up by striking out eight Tigers in 4.1 innings last Thursday. Severino still doesn’t look like his 2015 self, but has certainly improved upon his poor showing last season and sports a 3.95 ERA in 13.2 innings. Green has had the most consistent spring of the three, pitching to a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings. Mitchell has pitched to a 4.57 ERA over seven games this spring.

It truly appears to be a toss-up for Girardi, as his decision will come down to their final spring training starts. Regardless of who is named the fourth and fifth starters, we’ll likely see plenty of young arms making starts in the Bronx this summer.