|(6/22/14) Yankees manager Joe Girardi explained Sunday why he made the decision to keep struggling pitcher Vidal Nuno in the rotation.
"You can look at (Saturday’s) game and say he gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings and it could’ve been three (one run was unearned) and all of a sudden it doesn’t look so bad," Girardi said, per The Star-Ledger. "Yeah, he gave up three homers. To me, for him it’s keep the ball in the ballpark and getting some quick out. He’ll continue to work at it."
Adam Warren was rumored to be a candidate to replace Nuno in the rotation, but Girardi isn't ready to make that move just yet.
"There are two things you have to think about if you decide to make him a starter," Girardi said of Warren. "How do you build him up because it’s going to take a while and you’ll probably have one of your starting pitchers build up (off the DL) by then.
"Now, you’re taking an extremely important component of your bullpen away. So, in a sense, you’re robbing Peter to pay Paul. And where Warren has been able to help us usually twice out of every five days, you’re only going to get one start every five days. He has been extremely important to the success of the bullpen."