Well I guess all that talk about what Nova and Phelps have to do to nail down the 5th starter spot was naught, huh? David Phelps will be starting the first game of tomorrow's doubleheader against the Indians for sure, and after feeling something in his left side playing catch this morning, Ivan Nova will definitely not be starting the second game. Not only will Nova not be starting, he more than likely won't be coming off the DL at all tomorrow when he's scheduled to, which puts the Yankees in a difficult position to cover the second game tomorrow now that Joe has ruled out CC Sabathia.
The most likely option is a tandem long relief start by Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno, each of whom are capable of going at least 2-3+ innings. Not knowing if he'll have to use one or both of them today, Joe can't fully commit to that option right now and it sounds like he'll be using the new "26th man" rule for doubleheaders to give himself some insurance.
It's not your typical news source, but according to Ty Hensley's mother's Twitter account, the Yankees will call up Brett Marshall tomorrow to serve as their 26th roster man. Marshall has been pitching in Triple-A all season (4.60 ERA/4.19 FIP in 31.1 IP), and is scheduled to make his next start tomorrow. If Nuno or Warren becomes unavailable, Marshall will at least be able to go out and eat innings based on pitch count. Either way, the Yanks should have at least have a plan for tomorrow night's second game.
** UPDATE 6:19 PM- Per Joe during today's postgame presser, Nuno will get the start in the second game. Warren will be his caddy and Marshall will be on standby at the team hotel if it turns out they need another arm for the second game. **
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