NEW YORK -- Dewayne Wise did his part to save the Yankees' bullpen for at least one night, but manager Joe Girardi anticipates making a roster move before Saturday's matinee to bring some relief help to New York.
Wise, a reserve outfielder, recorded the final two outs of Friday's 14-7 Yankees loss to the White Sox, which saw Girardi lean on his bullpen for 6 2/3 innings following the brief Major League debut of starter Adam Warren. Girardi had right-hander Cody Eppley warming in the ninth as Chicago added to its lead, but he opted for Wise instead.
"[Eppley had] thrown two days in a row, and I just said, 'Forget it,'" Girardi said. "Maybe we can have him for tomorrow now."
Wise, the last remaining player on New York's bench, became the first position player to pitch for the Yankees since Nick Swisher threw a scoreless inning in a 15-5 loss to Tampa Bay in April 2009. Wise, a left-handed thrower, got Paul Konerko to fly out and forced Alex Rios into a fielder's choice to end the ninth inning.
Wise played with Konerko for two seasons in Chicago but said catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who was up after Rios, was the former teammate he wanted to face most.
"I would've loved to try to strike him out," said Wise, who last pitched during his sophomore year at Chapin High School in South Carolina.
Wise said he always wanted to pitch in a blowout at some point in his career but is not eager to do it again. He admitted to battling nervousness but enjoyed watching his one 65-mph changeup float across home plate after averaging 80 mph on his fastballs.
"I was real nervous, especially when Rios came up," Wise said. "For some reason, I just thought he was going to hit the ball right back at me. I just tried to throw not too hard, and hopefully they'd be out in front of the ball and get out."