Warren stays in rotation; Capuano to bullpen

With Masahiro Tanaka returning to the rotation Wednesday, someone had to get bumped to the bullpen to make room, and that someone turned out to be Chris Capuano. Manager Joe Girardi made the announcement before Monday night’s series opener at Seattle, a decision that means Adam Warren will stay in the starting unit.

Warren has an abundance of experience as a relief pitcher, which might have been expected to work against him in this move. The righthander’s work as a starter this year has been exemplary and earned him continue status in that role. In his three starts, Capuano is 0-3 with a 6.39 ERA.

Despite taking the loss Sunday at Oakland, Warren (3-4, 3.75 ERA) had his fourth consecutive quality start, the longest such streak by a Yankees starter since Michael Pineda had four in a row from Aug. 20-Sept. 9 last year. Warren is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA (26.2IP, 8ER) in 26 2/3 innings over that stretch. Six of the nine runs allowed during the streak scored on the five home runs he allowed in that span. Prior to the streak, Warren had not completed six innings in any of his first nine career starts.

His three quality-start losses this season are tied for second-most in the American League and tied for fourth in the majors behind Andrew Cashner (5), Aaron Harang (4) and Jake Odorizzi (4). Since 2003, only five Yankees pitchers have recorded more than three quality start losses in a season: Hiroki Kuroda (5) in 2014, Andy Pettitte (5), CC Sabathia (4) and Ivan Nova (4) in 2013 and Pettitte (5) in 2007.

Warren has a 2.81 ERA in his four losses this year and a 4.50 ERA in his other six starts. He has taken a shutout into the sixth inning in each of his past two starts and in four of his past seven.

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