06/28/12 11:18 PM ET
Warren joins Yankees, excited for dream debut
By Steven Miller / MLB.com
The 24-year-old right-hander will make his Major League debut Friday, starting in place of an injured CC Sabathia against the White Sox at Yankee Stadium.
"It's hard to put into words how excited I am," said Warren, ranked by MLB.com as the Yankees' No. 10 prospect. "It's been a dream of mine for so long. Just to be here and be in the clubhouse right now, it's pretty neat. I'm just trying to soak it up and have fun."
The Yankees drafted the North Carolina product in the fourth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, and he spent a weekend series against the Red Sox late last season in the Yankees' clubhouse. This year's Spring Training was his second spent with the big league club, and manager Joe Girardi noticed an improved sense of belonging. He also noticed an ability to pitch against Boston.
Warren started against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., on March 22, throwing four scoreless innings against a lineup that featured Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis -- whom Warren will face as a member of the White Sox -- Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz. He allowed two hits and walked none, throwing 42 of his 51 pitches for strikes. Reminded of the start, Girardi said one word: Impressive.
"It wasn't where he saw just right-handed hitters. He saw pretty much their full lineup," Girardi said. "I thought he pitched down in the zone. I thought he pitched in and was effective in. I thought his breaking ball was outstanding. I thought he used his changeup. It did stick out in my mind. It gave us a lot to think of when we were trying to decide who our 12th pitcher was."
It was not Warren, but he got the call after a strong June at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre saw him finish 3-2 in five starts with a 2.03 ERA over 31 innings. He had a 4.99 ERA through his first 10 starts, allowing 30 runs in 54 1/3 innings, which he attributed to poor rhythm out of Spring Training.
He most recently threw five scoreless innings Sunday, and his start Friday would be his usual day to start on regular rest. He was throwing a bullpen session Wednesday, when pitching coach Scott Aldred informed him of his promotion.
He already had a suspicion, as general manager Brian Cashman said that morning that Warren would likely be recalled to pitch out of the bullpen behind Freddy Garcia, and Warren's agent texted him the news. An injury to Andy Pettitte altered those plans, which Warren said he tried not to think about so he would not get "too high, then too low."
He brought his wife with him to New York on Thursday and expected 12 family members to make the trip from North Carolina for his start.
"We got him here today thinking he could get used to his surroundings, relax a little bit, watch the game and feel the atmosphere before he goes out there tomorrow," Girardi said. "When you see a young guy coming up, enjoy the moment. Take a moment to realize where you are and what you've accomplished and your opportunity here, and then just go to work.
"I'm sure there's going to be a lot of butterflies tomorrow, but hopefully he can get through that first inning and settle down."
Jeter ties Ripken for 13th all-time with hit No. 3,184
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter joined one of the all-time greats at his position Thursday, when his seventh-inning single up the middle against White Sox pitcher Dylan Axelrod tied him with Cal Ripken, Jr., for 13th on the all-time hits list with 3,184.
Ripken was 41 years old and three games away from retirement when he recorded hit No. 3,184 of his career -- a single off Frank Castillo of the Red Sox. Jeter turned 38 on Tuesday, and only Hank Aaron (3,272) and Ty Cobb (3,666) had more hits than the Yankees captain before that age.
"Right now, it's kind of hard to sit around and think about," Jeter said after flying out to the warning track to end a 4-3 loss to the White Sox. "Obviously, what [Ripken] represents to the game, being a shortstop, he's someone I've always admired. But at this moment right now, it's not something I'm thinking about."
Nap Lajoie is next on the all-time hits list for Jeter at 3,242.
Jeter entered Thursday's game at Yankee Stadium leading the American League in hits with 95, and was well on his way to his 13th All-Star Game appearance -- which will be played July 10 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City -- and seventh consecutive bid. Ripken played in 18 All-Star Games during his 21-year career in Baltimore.
Ripken moved to third base for his final five seasons after playing his first 16 years at shortstop, giving him an even better perspective of what Jeter is still accomplishing, with no thought of retirement.
"Sometimes it's unfair when we compare a guy like Jeter to his younger self," Ripken said Wednesday. "There was so much talk last year about losing range and maybe declining at his position. I'm sure he internalized last year, worked harder in the offseason.
"You don't hear any talk about that now, and just based on what he is doing, you don't think about his age. He's a fantastic player and has been fantastic for a long time."
Martin sits again, but not concerned about back
NEW YORK -- Russell Martin was out of the lineup for the fourth time in five games Thursday against the White Sox, but he downplayed the stiffness in his back and manager Joe Girardi insisted a trip to the disabled list is not in his catcher's future.
"In my mind, this is not a DL case," Girardi said. "He's available if I need him tonight."
Martin caught eight innings Saturday against the Mets after stiffness popped up during batting practice, then backup Chris Stewart caught the next three days. Martin returned to the lineup Wednesday against the Indians and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Stewart again started Thursday's series opener against the White Sox at Yankee Stadium.
"It's better than it was a couple days ago," Martin said, "but at this point I just feel like if I'm in the lineup, I'm not helping the team."
He said there were no ill effects from a collision at home plate Wednesday with Cleveland first baseman Casey Kotchman.
"It's not worse, it's just not quite right yet," Martin said. "I think Joe recognized my swing wasn't quite there. I'm not really moving like I normally move, and he doesn't want to take any risks right now. I'd rather take a couple days now then end up aggravating it and end up taking a couple weeks.
"Personally, I feel like I can go out there. Do I feel 100 percent? No. That's why it's good to have a manager who makes those tough decisions for you."
The Yankees recalled right-handed reliever Ryota Igarashi from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Andy Pettitte's spot on the roster. Igarashi spent three days in New York earlier this month, but did not pitch. He allowed three earned runs with 15 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings at Triple-A.
The Yankees have three games against the White Sox to improve upon their 19-win June, which ties the most wins in a calendar month since July 2010. The last time they won 20 games in a month was August '09, when they went 21-7. They are 19-5 in June entering a four-game series against the White Sox at Yankee Stadium.
Eighty-one years ago Thursday, the New York Yankees of the American Soccer League hosted what is believed to be the first soccer game at the original Yankee Stadium. Celtic F.C. of Glasgow, Scotland, won, 4-1. The current Yankee Stadium will host matchups between Chelsea and Paris St. Germain on July 22 and between Real Madrid and AC Milan on Aug. 8.
Steven Miller is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.