Before Friday night's game versus the Toronto Blue Jays, new reliever Josh Outman spoke about the trade that sent him to the New York Yankees from the Cleveland Indians. He also made his first appearance with his new team against Toronto.
"Just got to say hello to Joe real quick and he said he's going to use me against lefties," Outman said.
"He's a left-handed specialist who's had success," Girardi said. "You look at his numbers against lefties in Cleveland this year. It wasn't too bad. He'll get an opportunity to help us."
Outman was excited to be joining the Yankees and understands he has a new opportunity in the Bronx that was fading away in Cleveland, also according to Kuty:
"I mean I'm excited," Outman said. "It got to where I got pushed to the bottom with Cleveland and that's how it goes in this game sometimes. I have a fresh opportunity here. Hopefully I can grab a hold of it and run with it."
"It was an exciting twist of the plot, though, so I'm happy to be over here and wear the pinstripes," he said.
In 2014, Outman is pitching to a 3.28 ERA in 32 games.
More importantly, as the Yankees' lefty specialist, hitters are batting an inept .196 versus Outman, so it's clear why the Yankees wanted him in the first place with their former lefty specialist, Matt Thornton, now in Washington for financial reasons.
Outman already made his first appearance for the Yankees on Friday night when he entered the game in the eighth inning of a two-run ballgame. Outman faced one batter, Munenori Kawasaki, and allowed a single after eight pitches, five of which were strikes.
Not exactly an ideal start for Outman, but he'll have plenty more opportunities to prove he belongs as we enter the stretch run of the season.
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