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Phelps to return to bullpen after rotation stint

Phelps to return to bullpen after rotation stint

Phelps to return to bullpen after rotation stint
NEW YORK -- After two turns in the Yankees' rotation, David Phelps will return to the bullpen ahead of Andy Pettitte's return Sunday.

Phelps lasted a total of 8 2/3 innings in his two starts and allowed two runs on nine hits. He struck out eight and walked four. This season, the 25-year-old righty owns a 3.08 ERA, with 22 strikeouts and 11 walks in 26 1/3 innings. His only decision, a loss, came in his first start against Kansas City.

Manager Joe Girardi said that Phelps, who last pitched Wednesday, would likely be unavailable until Sunday.

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The Yankees have 12 pitchers on their active roster ahead of Pettitte's return, but they have carried 13 arms before this season. Right-handed reliever Cody Eppley has already been both optioned to and recalled from Triple-A in 2012. A setback suffered earlier this week by Brett Gardner has allowed outfielder Dewayne Wise an opportunity to spend time with the big league club.

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