For Adam Warren, the plan is to show he can still pitch.
The 33-year-old relief pitcher is back for his third stint with the New York Yankees. He hasn’t pitched since 2019, a year when he didn’t feel like himself. That season, he posted a 5.34 ERA and 1.395 WHIP in 28 2/3 innings with the San Diego Padres.
Ever since then, he has been recovering from Tommy John surgery. He signed a minor league deal with the Yankees to rehab in 2020 before re-signing a minor league deal in the offseason.
“Wearing the pinstripes always felt like home to me,” Warren said in a virtual press conference on Monday. “Being a Yankee, it’s special for me, so it’s emotional coming back.”
If his words or the big, happy grin that spread across his face while speaking them do not illustrate his personal feelings about being a Yankee, than his performance does. In 407 innings pitched dating back to 2012 , he has a 3.18 ERA and 1.194 WHIP as a Yankee. In other stints with the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, and Padres, he posted a 5.16 ERA and 1.465 WHIP in 85 1/3 innings pitched.