Resides in St. Petersburg, FL...Was originally signed by Cubs scout and current Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi...Played baseball and basketball in Quinsigamond Community
College in Worchester, MA...Is an avid golfer with one of the lowest handicaps among Major League Baseball
players.2006Appeared in 18 games for the Yankees, before being shut down with a right shoulder injury...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis on 5/14. Underwent an MRI exam that revealed a small rotator-cuff tear and bursitis of the right shoulder...He was sent to Birmingham, Alabama, to meet with Dr. James Andrews, who concurred with the Yankees' diagnosis...Uderwent surgery to repair the rotator-cuff tear on 5/23 in Birmingham, by Dr. Andrews.2005Pitched in a career-high 64 games (one start) with the Yankees, going 5-3 with a 4.73 ERA and one save...opponents batted .257 overall; .233 by LH, .273 by RH...Made appearances in consecutive games 12 times and three straight games twice...As a reliever, retired 42-of-63 (67%) first batters faced...Prevented 35-of-46 (76%) inherited runners from scoring...Converted one of his five save opportunities...Was placed on the
15-day disabled list from 4/18 (retroactive to 4/17) to 5/5 with a strained left oblique muscle...Made two rehab
appearances for Class-A Tampa of the Florida State League (3.0IP, 4H, 2ER, 0BB, 4K)...Limited opponents
to a .171 batting average (12-for-70) in 16 games from 5/5-6/18 after being reinstated from the disabled
list...Allowed only 1ER in 20.2IP (0.44ERA) over that span (12H, 1BB, 12K)...Made only start, and 31st
appearance-of the season, in 7/4 win vs. Baltimore, allowing 4ER and 3H in 3.2IP...in 8/12 win vs. Texas,
pitched a perfect ninth (1K) for his only save of the season, the third of his career and first since 10/3/04 at
Toronto...made two relief appearances in the Division Series versus the Angels, allowing 1ER in 0.2IP...2005 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (LAA): Allowed a solo home run by B. Molina in a 4-2
Yankees' win in Game 1...Pitched a scoreless 0.1 IP in Game 3.2004Was 6-2 with a 5.47 ERA in 28 games (three starts) with the Yankees. ... In three starts was 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA. ... In 25 relief appearances, was 4-2 with a 5.68 ERA. ... Was acquired from Los Angeles on 5/15 for a player to be named later (INF Brian Myrow). ... Was assigned to Triple-A Columbus and was selected by the Yankees on 5/16. ... Was 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Las Vegas prior to being traded to the Yankees. ... Made his first appearance as a Yankee in 5/21 loss at Texas, allowing 4 ER in two innings. ... On 5/26 at Baltimore, recorded first win as a Yankee after allowing 2 H in 0.1 IP. ... Made first start of the season and earned the win on 6/16 at Arizona, allowing 3 ER in 6.0 IP. ... Served three-game suspension from 8/12-14 for his participation in a 7/24 bench-clearing brawl at Boston. ... Earned his second career save in the last game of the season. ... His only other career save came on 5/2/01 (w/ Tampa Bay) at Baltimore after pitching four scoreless innings of relief. ... Did not allow a run in his last six relief appearances of the season (12.0IP, 4BB, 14K). ... Appeared in six postseason games, posting a 4.50 ERA in six innings. ... Had a 2.70 ERA in ALCS, pitching in four games.2003Pitched the entire season with Toronto and went 7-6 with a 5.94 ERA in 40 games, including eight starts...his first eight appearances were starts and he went 3-4 with a 6.14 ERA, then pitched out of the bullpen the remainder of the season, going 4-2 with a 5.76 ERA...pitched a season-high 4.2 scoreless innings in relief on Aug. 8 vs.
Texas...pitched two or more innings of relief eight times.