Yankees acquire Ryota Igarashi off waivers

05/29/2012 3:19 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The New York Yankees announced Tuesday that they have acquired RHP Ryota Igarashi off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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 a 1.29 ERA and four saves and holding Pacific Coast League hitters to a .139 average (10-for-72).

He had his contract purchased by the Jays last Friday, and allowed four runs over two relief appearances before being designated for assignment on Sunday.

If and when he is recalled by the Yankees, it would mark Igarashi’s second Major League stint in New York; the righty pitched for the Mets in 2010 and 2011, going 5-2 with a 5.74 ERA in 79 relief appearances.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees transferred RHP Brad Meyers (right labrum strain) to the 60-day disabled list. comments