TRENTON- For the fourth time this month, the Trenton Thunder welcomed a rehabbing Yankee to the roster.
On Wednesday night, right-handed relief pitcher Adam Warren was added to a list of Yankees to make a stop in Trenton during their rehab assignments. That list includes Brandon Drury, Greg Bird, and Billy McKinney.
Warren took the mound to start the game for the Thunder as he is rehabbing a strained back that has kept him on the disabled list since April 21.
This was the second rehab outing for Warren as he pitched in AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. He only lasted two-thirds of an inning allowing one hit, two walks, two hit batsmen, four runs (all earned) and one strikeout.
“I think I was trying to be a little too perfect last time and trying to do too much coming back from an injury,” Warren said. “So I just tried to simplify it today and pound the zone.”
Warren did indeed pound the zone on Wednesday night as the 30-year old lasted three innings (as was intended), faced 10 batters and allowed one hit and three strikeouts on 41 pitches, 27 of them for strikes.
“I was a little rusty the other day, and today I just felt like I was attacking the zone much better,” Warren said. “I’m feeling really good about where my pitches are at so I feel good.”
In the 10 batters, Warren faced, half of them were groundout victims, something that Warren has effectively utilized over his seven-year MLB career.
“That’s what I’m shooting for,” Warren said. “I’m not a huge strikeout pitcher; I like strikeouts just like everybody else does, but I just try to miss the barrel of the bat and try to keep it on the ground.”
Warren said that his next stop would be in Baltimore where he’ll rejoin the Yankees as they begin a four-game set with the Orioles on Thursday.
Before heading on the disabled list, Warren pitched in eight games, throwing 8.1 innings with 11 strikeouts, an ERA of 3.24, and a WHIP of 1.68.
Warren’s re-addition to the Yankees roster will undoubtedly help a bullpen that has been pretty shaky at times, especially considering he can last more than one inning, something that pitchers such as Dellin Betances have shown he cannot do.
“It’s been fun to watch, and it’s been tough being away from it, I was there for a little bit when they were going on that winning streak and you just want to be apart of it, so I’m excited to get back with the guys and contribute.”