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Yankees claim RHP Igarashi

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 29, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the announcement from the Yankees…

The Yankees have acquired RHP Ryota Igarashi off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Igarashi, who turned 33 on Monday, spent spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being acquired by Toronto on March 30. He began the season with Triple-A Las Vegas, going 1-1 with four saves, a 1.29 ERA (21.0IP, 3ER) and a .139 (10-for-72) opponents batting average and had his contract purchased by the Major League team on 5/25. He made two relief appearances for the Blue Jays, allowing 4ER in 1.0IP, before he was designated for assignment on 5/27.

Originally selected in the second round of the 1998 Nippon Professional Baseball Draft, Igarashi spent 10 seasons with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League. He signed with the Mets as a free agent on December 17, 2009, and in two seasons with New York-NL (2010-11), combined to go 5-2 with a 5.74 ERA (69.0IP, 44ER) in 79 relief appearances.

He will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and is anticipated to arrive in time for tonight’s game. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees transferred RHP Brad Meyers (right labrum strain) to the 60-day disabled list.

 
 

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