The Yankees passed along some of the comments from Austin Kearns after tonight’s Indians game in Cleveland. The line that stands out the most is his response to a question about what his role will be with the Yankees.
“I think when you get the opportunity to go there, you don’t really worry about that kind of thing,” he said. “Bigger and better things I’m worried about than playing time.”
Kearns said he didn’t find out he was traded until after the game. He wondered if something might be in the works when he was pulled for a pinch runner, but it was also a blowout so he thought he might be getting a little bit of a rest.
“I’ve only been traded once, but it’s kind of like, you don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “I didn’t know anything. Came out of the game and was just hanging out. After the game they brought me in there.”
In there — I assume he meant some sort of office — Kearns was told about the trade, that he was going to play for the team he was just playing against 24 hours earlier.
“You always enjoy playing teams like that,” he said. “Teams that are playoff caliber and World Series caliber teams.”