MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH

NEW YORK -- On Thursday evening, the New York Yankees announced they had obtained left-hander Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations. It seemed to be a move designed to give New York another arm in the bullpen.

It turns out that Capuano will move into the Yankee rotation and start Saturday. He also will be their only left-hander since CC Sabathia is lost for the season and Vidal Nuno was traded to Arizona on July 6.

"That's why we went out and got Cap, to be a starter for us," manager Joe Girardi said before Friday's 6-4 victory over Toronto. "And obviously we're hopeful that he'll do good things."

Capuano began this season with the Boston Red Sox and it did not end well after a promising start.

The Red Sox signed him to a one-year deal for reportedly $2.25 million with incentives that reportedly would increase his salary to five million. In April, Capuano had 11 scoreless outings. But in June, he posted a 22.50 ERA in five appearances, leading to his release July 1.

After signing with the Rockies on July 4, Capuano made four starts in the minors. He pitched 4 2/3 innings in outing with Double-A Tulsa and with Triple-A Colorado Springs, he allowed five runs and 12 hits in 14 2/3 innings.

Capuano will become the 11th different starting pitcher used by the Yankees, which is New York's most since Girardi used 13 starters in 2008 during his first season managing the team.

By inserting Capuano, rookie right-hander Chase Whitley will move to the bullpen. Whitley is 4-3 with a 4.60 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) but has mostly been a reliever.

Whitley has never pitched more than 91 innings in any of his five pro seasons. Including the seven appearances for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Whitley has thrown 87 innings this season.


MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 54-48

STREAK: Won four

NEXT: Blue Jays (RHP Drew Hutchsion, 6-9, 4.54 ERA) at Yankees (LHP Chris Capuano, 1-1, 4.35 ERA)


--LHP Chris Capuano was surprised to find out he will be starting Saturday, but that's the direction the Yankees will go. Capuano was acquired by the Yankees from the Colorado Rockies on Thursday for cash considerations. He made 28 appearances for the Boston Red Sox before being released July 1 and will also be the only lefty in the Yankees' rotation since CC Sabathia is lost for the season following knee surgery and Vidal Nuno was traded to Arizona on July 6.

--RHP Chase Whitley was originally slated to make his 13th career start Sunday but will pitch out of the bullpen. Whitley is 4-3 with a 4.60 ERA in his 13 appearances (12 starts) but has thrown 60 2/3 innings with the Yankees and 87 overall. The most innings he has thrown in five professional seasons was 91 with Class A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2011.

--1B Mark Teixeira is feeling better but will do baseball activities to see his lower lat strain is feeling well enough for him to return. Teixeira missed five straight games with the injury and 26 overall with various ailments. The Yankees are holding off on deciding to place him on the disabled list because they don't want him to be wasting time on the disabled list if he's feeling better.