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Matt Carpenter has solid Yankees’ debut: ‘Pretty loopy’

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — An 11-year MLB veteran, Matt Carpenter arrived within the Yankees clubhouse Thursday afternoon and advised supervisor Aaron Boone he was prepared to assist nevertheless vital.

“If you want me to load the bags on the plane, that’s what I’ll do,” Carpenter stated.

Instead, simply hours after the Yankees introduced they’d signed him to a significant league contract and added him to the energetic roster, Carpenter was a late addition to the beginning lineup at DH after Aaron Hicks was scratched with proper hamstring tightness.

The 36-year-old Carpenter, who had requested a launch from his minor league contract with the Rangers final week, reached base twice and scored a pair of runs within the 7-2 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

“It was pretty crazy,” stated Carpenter, who noticed 25 pitches in 4 plate appearances, getting hit by a pitch and drawing a stroll. “To get here and be in the lineup right away — I don’t think I landed until 3:20, so it happened fast, but it was a lot of fun. Huge win. It was good to be a part of, pretty cool.”

Matt Carpenter
Matt Carpenter
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With the Yankees battling well being points — DJ LeMahieu (wrist) was out of the lineup for a 3rd straight recreation Thursday, Josh Donaldson remained on the COVID IL and Giancarlo Stanton (ankle) went on the 10-day IL on Wednesday — the addition of Carpenter gives a left-handed bat off the bench. Aaron Boone, who referred to as Carpenter a “catalyst” in Thursday’s win, stated the previous Cardinal may additionally see time at first base and third base.

“I’m excited to put a Yankee uniform on and be a part of the best team in baseball right now,” Carpenter stated earlier than the sport. “I’m just fired up to be here, whatever that role looks like.”

Boone stated the Yankees had Carpenter on their radar for the previous few months, then pursued him when he opted out of his minor league contract with the Rangers.

After hitting .169 with a .581 OPS in 130 video games for the Cardinals final season, Carpenter spent the offseason revamping his swing and was batting .275 with a .991 OPS at Triple-A this year.

“My swing felt as good as it’s felt in years,” Carpenter stated. “I was able to put in a lot of good work in the offseason and see it translate. Obviously it’s Triple-A pitching, but with what I was able to feel and things I was able to have click for me, I was really encouraged by it. That kind of led to what happened here. I’m really excited that this opportunity presented itself.”

LeMahieu, the previous Rockie who squared off in opposition to Carpenter lots through the years within the National League, stated he was wanting ahead to attending to know the three-time All-Star.

“A guy that has a lot of really good at-bats,” LeMahieu stated. “He’s got some pop, gets on base. The guys I texted in St. Louis that I know spoke very highly of him.”

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