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The Yankees move Adam Warren to the bullpen because it was the only move to make

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It's all over for Adam Warren. The starting pitcher, turned reliever, turned starting pitcher again has been moved back to the bullpen for the first time in 2015 as the Yankees end their six-man rotation experiment. CC Sabathia managed to allow only four earned runs on six hits in 7.1 innings and Yankees brass decided that was good enough to keep him in the rotation at the expense of Adam Warren, who has been the rotation's no. 3 starter all year.

Of course, to be fair, this is the deepest CC has gone into a game in over a month, so maybe they think this is a sign that there may be something left in the tank after all. We all expected the Yankees would pick Sabathia over Warren anyway, considering the big lefty is due to make $50 million+ through the 2017 season (his option will only not vest if he ends up on the DL with a left shoulder injury and so far that's been healthy). He's also never been a relief pitcher like Warren has, so you can't just throw him into the bullpen and expect him to be comfortable in his new role and actually be effective.

Warren, on the other hand, was one of the team's best right-handed relievers and something that they have missed having all year. He's already accumulated over 80 innings, a plateau he hasn't reached since he was a starting pitcher in the minors in 2012, so it was wise to take him out of the rotation before he burned his arm out. He'll likely hit 100 innings at some point this year, but he should be fine under the careful watch of Joe Girardi.

It's annoying to see the Yankees keep Sabathia in the rotation, despite the superior options they have, but in the end, it was all they could do. It would have been nice if they held off on a decision until they saw Ivan Nova pitch again after his stellar return. He's coming back from Tommy John surgery, pitches one good game, and now the Yankees think he's a sure thing. In the end, the hope is that Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda become more reliable, Nathan Eovaldi continues to improve, Nova can replace Warren's reliability, and then they can survive CC's starts.

Essentially, the Yankees are banking on getting their 7th inning guy back from last year at the expense of replacing a no. 3 starter with a no. 5 starter and hoping Nova steps up. That's a whole lot of 'ifs' and it's the reason why we're in this position to begin with, but it might not be so bad. At the end of the day, someone has to step up, at least until the Yankees can maybe make a trade. Unfortunately, that still won't mean CC will be out of a rotation spot.