American infielder Matt Carpenter has been inserted into the New York Yankees’ lineup in the Major League Baseball (MLB) as the designated hitter after agreeing to a one-year contract on Thursday. This took place a week after he was released from the Texas Rangers’ minor league system.
Carpenter, 36, entered the lineup at DH for a series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays when center fielder Aaron Hicks was scratched shortly ahead of the game time with hamstring tightness. The clash eventually resulted in a 7-2 easy win for the Yankees at Tropicana Field.
“It happened fast and now I’m here and I couldn’t be more excited about it,” Carpenter stated after meeting with manager Aaron Boone.
“We just had a quick conversation about it but my response to him is that I’m excited to put a uniform on and be part of the best team in baseball right now,” Carpenter said, as quoted by MLB.com. “I’m just fired up to be here. I’m going to hit the ground running.”
“Carpenter’s been on our radar for last two months”
The Texas native Carpenter who went 0 for 2 but scored two runs, gets a contract paying a $1 million salary while in the major leagues and $200,000 while in the minors. He is a three-time All-Star with the St. Louis Cardinals and has hit .275 with six homers as well as 19 RBIs in 21 games for Round Rock of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.
“He’s someone who’s been on our radar the last couple of months,” Boone said. “We’ve been eyeing him for a while as a left-handed bat off the bench. … Just a professional guy from the left side, and we feel he can help us.”
“He was great to be around this spring and he’s pitched really well. He put himself on our map this spring with his performance and he’s carried that into the season.”