Yankees pitcher David Phelps to bat eighth against Rockies
Summary of 2 articles · Updated May 8, 2013
David Phelps, on the other hand, is not. Batting eighth… and pitching… No. 41, David Phelps. Phelps. No. 41. And yes, it's one-hundred percent true the Yankees skipper has elected to hit his pitcher, David Phelps, eighth, with backup catcher Austin Romine having the dubious distinction of batting ninth. Pitcher David Phelps batted eighth and catcher Austin Romine ninth Wednesday as manager Joe Girardi, who has had to write out some unusual lineups due to a slew of injuries, took a more radical approach. His first career plate appearance will come Wednesday night at Coors Field, so it's not as if Girardi is basing this strategy off Phelps' track record as a hitter. But it's notable because, well, it's the Yankees, and also because it isn't frequently done by American League teams during interleague play. So you're trying to get the hitters that have had the most success off of right-handers up the most and you're also trying to make it more complicated for the other manager to navigate through your lineup."
David Phelps batted eighth on Wednesday night, the first Yankees starting pitcher to do so since Don Larsen on Aug. 28, 1957, and the first AL starting pitcher since the Royals' Zack Greinke on June 23, 2009.