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Yankees will use Chris Capuano as a starter

Lefty spent time in Boston's bullpen, will be exclusively a starter in New York
07/25/2014 4:29 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Red Sox's Chris Capuano walks to the dug out after being replaced in the ninth inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics.(AP)
Chris Capuano was acquired by the New York Yankees on Thursday and added to the active roster Friday, and manager Joe Girardi has already given the lefty his first assignment.

In his pregame press conference on Friday, Girardi announced that the 35-year-old southpaw will make Yankees debut as a starter on Saturday, with scheduled starter Shane Greene pushed back to Sunday and Chase Whitley, who was set to go in the series finale with Toronto, headed to the bullpen.

"We went and got Cap to be a starter for us - in fact he's going to start tomorrow - and we're obviously hopeful that he'll do good things," Girardi said. "We're confident he can pitch extremely well for us and help us out."

Capuano has split this season between the Red Sox and Rockies organizations, and has been both a starter and a reliever; while with Boston, he was 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances, and with Colorado, he was 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in four starts between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs.

By putting him in the Yankees' rotation, Girardi says, the addition of Capuano also has a nice ripple effect on the staff as a whole.

"We like the experience that he has - he's used to being a starter and logging innings - and he gives you a lefty at our ballpark, which you like," Girardi said. "And with Chase (Whitley), he's built up and this lets us put him in our bullpen as a true long guy, so you can have more flexibility with (David) Huff."

And as for the nickname Girardi has bestowed upon him already? Well, the skipper admitted he didn't know Capuano all that well, but he did have an easy method of figuring it out.

"I asked him today what people call him; I mean, I can't call him CC, right?"

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