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In a world of baseball coverage, it's hard to fly under the radar as a mid-20s pitcher who struck out nearly a batter per inning.
Especially if it's done in the biggest media market in sports.
Yet that's exactly what David Phelps did in limited big league innings in 2012. Now he's in a competition for the 5th spot in the Yankee rotation, with the chance that he'll receive a turn or two—due to Phil Hughes' back injury—regardless of his battle with Ivan Nova.
Always a favorite of general manager Brian Cashman, Phelps received a chance to pitch in the big leagues as a swingman last year due to injuries and versatility.
In a Q & A with Andy McCullough of the Star Ledger, Phelps said he doesn't look at his ability to pitch out of the pen or rotation as a detriment.
Is it strange that your versatility may hamper your chances of beating Ivan Nova for the fifth spot, because the team knows you can serve as the long man?
"I don't look at it like that. My goal is to help this team, in whatever role that might be. I don't really see it as a problem. If anything, I see it as making myself more versatile, just open(ing) as many doors as I can."
If injuries and age hamper the rotation again in 2013, Phelps could springboard his status once again.