ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yankees have claimed right-hander Cody Eppley off waivers from the Texas Rangers, general manager Brian Cashman said on Thursday. Eppley will be assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
"He gets right-handers out," Cashman said. "Obviously, we've had a number of things happen. [David] Phelps is obviously up here. We just traded [George] Kontos, so there's a couple of different things there. He was on the waiver wire. He gets right-handers out extremely well."
Eppley, 26, was 1-1 with an 8.00 ERA in 10 games for the Rangers last season and spent the rest of the time at Triple-A Round Rock. He was 4-2 with a 3.90 ERA and 10 saves in 42 games. Named a Pacific Coast League All-Star, Eppley had a Triple-A ERA of 0.89 as late as June 18.
He was a 43rd-round pick by the Rangers in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Virginia Commonwealth, and he was named the Rangers' Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year in 2008, when he went 5-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 16 saves.