The bullpen has been full of surprises this season. Boone Logan has been better than the Yankees might have expected. Clay Rapada has been terrific as a left-handed specialist and David Phelps has put himself firmly on the map as a potential starter down the road.
But no one has been a bigger surprise than side-arming right-hander Cody Eppley.
“From where I started when I first got up here to where I’m at now, it’s awesome,” Eppley said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more (than) for (Joe Girardi) to have confidence in me and trust my ability to go out there and put me in those spots and those games that I’ve been in lately. … As I’ve pitched, I got put in little different roles, a little more high-intensity roles, and I’ve been lucky enough to throw well in those instances.”
Eppley was a waiver claim at the end of spring training, and when the season started he was riding the shuttle between Triple-A and the big leagues. But Girardi came to trust his ability to get groundballs against right-handed batters, and Eppley has rewarded that confidence with only three extra-base hits in his 23.1 innings.
“I just try to do what I did coming up through the minors,” Eppley said. “I’m trying not to get outside of myself or into the moment that is the New York Yankees. I’m just trying to stay within myself and not try to do too much out there. I’ve gotten lucky in some instances, and obviously that helps throughout the year.”
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