FT. MYERS, Fla. -- At about the same time Masahiro Tanaka was getting treated roughly by some imitation Minnesota Twins, Adam Warren -- who still has yet to be ordained the fifth starter by Yankees manager Joe Girardi -- was getting smacked around in a minor league game back in Tampa.
Warren worked four innings, allowing nine hits and five runs (four earned), walked one and struck out two -- by far his worst outing of the spring.
"The results weren’t the best, but I'm just trying to get ready for the season,'' Warren said. "It’s tough out here to get the adrenaline going, so you try to lock it in, work on some things. That’s really what I try to focus on, getting ready for the season.''
Warren, who made 69 appearances out of the bullpen last season, admitted he is still working on the conversion from reliever to starter.
"Sometimes you feel like you let off the pedal a little bit because you’re like, you’ve got to go multiple innings, and sometimes you catch yourself pulling off a little bit,'' Warren said. "But I feel like I’m better if I’m bringing everything I’ve got for as long as I can. So I’ve got to constantly remind myself to go out there with a bullpen mentality, just as a starter.''
Ellsbury back: Playing in his first game after suffering an oblique strain on March 15, Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-5 in the same minor league game as Warren. He also made a running catch in center field, scored from second on a single and declared himself ready to play on Opening Day.
Didi? Not yet: Girardi said Didi Gregorius' sprained left wrist was still swollen this afternoon and it sounded doubtful he would be able to play in Wednesday's game against the Rays at home. Mark Teixeira, who was plunked in the right knee by a pitch in a minor league game on Sunday, is expected to play.
Pitchers, pitchers: Chase Whitley goes Wednesday but Girardi has yet to name starters for Thursday's split-squad games or Friday's camp finale. Here's some educated guesses based on when they're scheduled to pitch in the regular season: Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia pitch Thursday (don't ask me which games), Nathan Eovaldi goes Friday against the Nationals at home, and Warren starts the final preseason game on Saturday against the Nationals in D.C.