Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
David Phelps had already been slated to start on Wednesday against the Mariners following Michael Pineda’s suspension, but now that Pineda is likely out for a month, Phelps is going to get a longer look in the rotation. The right-hander has shuffled back-and-forth between the rotation and bullpen for the Yanks the last two-plus years, posting a 4.09 ERA but also striking out 191 over 198 innings. Phelps isn’t anything special but is capable of giving you some help in a pinch if you’re in need of a short-term rotation reinforcement.