FORMER RAM CODY EPPLEY CALLED UP TO BIG LEAGUES, SET TO JOIN YANKEES ON FRIDAY

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The New York Yankees clubhouse is one of the most prestige places in all of sports. Lockers with the name plates of Jeter, Rivera, Rodriguez and Cano.

The newest member of that locker room will be former VCU baseball standout Cody Eppley, who received word late on Wednesday that he would be joining the Bronx Bombers.

"I really can't even explain it, I'm so excited and amped up right now," Eppley said. "I'm grateful to get another opportunity at proving myself on the biggest stage. Whatever it takes to help the team win, that's what I'm going to try and do."

Earlier this month, Eppley was claimed off waivers by the Yankees and assigned to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. In five appearances with the SWB Yankees, the Dillsburg, Pa. native did not allow a run in 6.1 innings of work. Opponents had just two hits off him, while he racked up nine strikeouts to just one walk.

This will be his second stint in "The Big Show" as he made his debut last year with the Texas Rangers when he spent a month with the eventual American League Champions. During that stint, Eppley made 10 appearances, allowing runs in just three of those.

"He gets right-handers out and that's something that any team has interest in adding," Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said. "We're really looking forward to seeing what he can do for us."

The former Ram was a 43rd-round pick by the Rangers in 2008. He was the Rangers' Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year in 2010 when he went 5-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 16 saves.

Eppley will join the Yankees on Friday when they finish up a four-game home series with the Twins before heading to Beantown for the first series in 2012 between the hated rivals.

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