Yankees release reliever Cody Eppley
The Yankees granted RHP Cody Eppley, who was pitching at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, his release from the organization on Wednesday.
After being claimed off waivers from Texas at the end of Spring Training 2012, Eppley was a revelation in the bullpen last season, not allowing an earned run in seven appearances at SWB and going 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 59 appearances in the Majors.
He began 2013 on the Major League roster once again, but allowed four runs in 1.2 innings over two appearances before being optioned to Triple-A on April 6 when the Yankees activated Phil Hughes. Eppley continued to struggle in Scranton, going 2-2 with an 8.53 ERA in 19 games and getting his tenure briefly interrupted when he was designated for assignment on May 3 (making room on the 40-man roster for Preston Claiborne) and later outrighted to Triple-A.
Eppley's release was one of a series of roster moves the RailRiders made Wednesday to accommodate outfielder Brennan Boesch's reassignment from the MLB roster, and the promotions of RHP Matt Daley and infielder Walter Ibarra from Double-A Trenton.
Because he was not on the 40-man roster, Eppley is free to sign anywhere right away, and by releasing him and LHP Clay Rapada, who was let go on Tuesday, the Yankees organization lost a pair of specialists who made a combined 129 appearances for the Major League bullpen in 2012.