NEW YORK -- Adam Warren and D.J. Mitchell briefly passed each other in the Yankees' clubhouse on Saturday morning on their way to and from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, respectively. Warren returns to the farm after lasting only 2 1/3 innings on Friday in his Major League debut, and Mitchell arrives for his second stint in New York to provide some much-needed help to a bullpen that saw plenty of work behind Warren.
Mitchell learned of his promotion while sitting in the stands, charting pitches in last night's game at Rochester, N.Y. Warren's debut was likely already over at that point; he allowed six runs in the Yankees' 14-7 loss to the White Sox.
"We're in a tough spot with the injuries that we've had and the way we've had to use our pitching, and not getting any distance last night; that's just the way it works," said manager Joe Girardi. "As we told [Warren], 'Go continue to improve your stuff. You got that first one out of your way.' A lot of times with that first start, it's a mixed bag. Sometimes you'll get really good; sometimes it can be really difficult. There's not necessarily a determination from your first start how your career is going to go."
Mitchell's big league debut is already out of the way. He appeared twice in a six-day stint with the Yankees in late April and early May, throwing 2 2/3 innings out of the bullpen and allowing one run on four hits.
Mitchell started at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he's had an up-and-down season, posting a 5.36 ERA, but he threw seven innings of one-run ball on Tuesday. The right-hander returns to the bullpen, where he spent all of Spring Training in big league camp, as a long reliever for the Yankees.
"Early in the year, I started off really well," Mitchell said. "I kind of hit a bump in the road earlier this month and in late May, but the last start, I kind of figured some things out and started to get back on track, so hopefully I can carry it over to here."