Tuesday’s early camp notes: Phelps lining up for start

David PhelpsThe Yankees have not officially announced who will be starting their first exhibition games when Grapefruit League play kicks off on Saturday, but David Phelps looks like he’s a safe bet to see some early action.

Phelps was among the group of pitchers pitching simulated games on the mound at George M. Steinbrenner Field this morning, working without the protective L-screen in the way. He had an unexpected test to his reflexes, as Ronnier Mustelier laced one of Phelps’ pitches right back up the middle.

“I heard it. I didn’t see it,” Phelps said. “Robbie [Cano] probably would have had it.”

No shame in that. Phelps had a good scouting report to offer about Mustelier: “He’s a good hitter. He can swing it.”

Phelps threw the equivalent of two innings; 35 to 40 pitches. Adam Warren, Brett Marshall and Nik Turley were also on the mound this morning, pitching to Mustelier, Cito Culver and Corban Joseph.

Pitchers working live batting practice this morning include: Dave Robertson, Jim Miller, Nick Goody, Dellin Betances and Juan Cedeno.

Players will hit the field for stretch at 11 a.m., with defensive drills and batting practice groups to follow.

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