Phelps served as the long man out of the bullpen on Friday, throwing 3 1/3 innings -- one more than Warren -- and 64 pitches. The right-hander allowed two runs and took the loss, but manager Joe Girardi was pleased with the rookie's performance.
Phelps said afterward he did not know if he would be asked to join the rotation, but it seemed the likely option. He has already started twice for New York, allowing two runs in four innings, then no runs in 4 2/3 innings. Phelps needed 85 pitches in his first start and 89 in his second. Girardi said the righty could throw 80-85 pitches on Wednesday.
"He's done a pretty good job for us when we've called upon him to pitch," Girardi said. "The biggest thing was he just wasn't really stretched out. We stretched him out some more, and we'll have to continue to do it."