LOS ANGELES — Tommy Carnley was finally back on the mound on Friday night. His fastball top speed didn’t come immediately, but the Yankees were generally encouraged in the game.
On Friday, six months after signing his third contract with the Yankees, Carnley made his season debut in a clean sheet relief in a loss to the Dodgers.
“It felt great,” said Carnley, who missed the first two months with right biceps tendonitis. “Of course I didn’t like the result, but I think I got a zero. I felt good at the end of the day, so that’s a positive thing, and I’m going to work on other things.”
Carnley was taken off the disabled list on Thursday and quickly returned to action on Friday, hitting a double, walking and striking out to get out of trouble.
He relied on changeups, throwing changeups on 23 of 29 pitches, but his five-fastball average was 94.2 mph, down from his 95.5 mph average in limited action last season.
“He sat in the ’94-’95 car and is still trying to rejuvenate himself with the heater.” [range]manager Aaron Boone said of Carnley, who didn’t pitch in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory on Saturday. “But he was hitting the changeup well. When he got up in his mid-twenties, he was happy to see him. [pitch count], keep pitching to get through the inning. “
Carnley said he may need more innings to get his fastball back.
“It’s kind of like just going out and getting back into the game,” Carnley said. “I think the more reps I have, the more time I have to work on commanding the fastball. I didn’t like how things were today.”
The 33-year-old, who signed a two-year, $11.5 million deal with the Yankees, added a sinker to his repertoire during the offseason but didn’t throw anything on Friday night.