The New York Yankees have signed journeyman pitcher Brian Gordon and started him against Texas on Thursday.

The 32-year-old Gordon opted out his contract with Philadelphia's Triple-A Lehigh Valley affiliate and joined the Yankees. He was 5-0 with an International League-leading 1.14 ERA when he left the Phillies' organization.

Gordon started his pro career in 1997 and spent 10 seasons as an outfielder, hitting 118 home runs. He became a pitcher in 2007 and threw three games in relief for Texas in 2008.

The Yankees sent righty Lance Pendleton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and released right-hander Amauri Sanit.