Yanks hope change of scenery benefits Rogers

Yanks hope change of scenery benefits Rogers

BOSTON -- The Yankees have had good reports on Esmil Rogers for some time, and manager Joe Girardi is curious to see if his club can straighten the right-hander out after a rough season with the Blue Jays.

"We've always liked his arm," Girardi said. "Our goal is to see if we can get this kid on a roll and he can help us."

Rogers, who can be used as either a short or long reliever, said that he was working out in Toronto when he learned that the Yankees had claimed him. Rogers said that fastball command was responsible for his 6.97 ERA in 16 games for Toronto.

"When you're bad, you're bad," Rogers said. "This year, I got a couple of bad outings. I just tried to fix that and come in pounding the zone, use more of my fastball and my fastball command. ... I think my fastball is my power pitch. My slider is nasty. When my fastball and my slider command is good, it's all right."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.