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Yankees claim two relievers off waivers

11/06/2012 5:51 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The New York Yankees have claimed RHP David Herndon off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and LHP Josh Spence off waivers from the San Diego Padres.

Herndon, 27, was designated for assignment by Toronto last week, just days after the Blue Jays had claimed him off waivers from Philadelphia on Oct. 23.

Herndon has spent his entire Major League career with the Phillies, who selected him from the Angels in the 2009 Rule 5 Draft. In parts of three seasons in Philadelphia, Herndon was 2-8 with a 3.85 ERA in 117 innings pitched over 97 appearances.

The righty appeared in five games for the Phillies this past April, but had his season cut short by an elbow injury; he had Tommy John surgery in June, and likely won’t be ready to return until midway through 2013 at the earliest.

Spence, 24, made 11 relief appearances for the Padres in 2012. He went 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA in 10 1/3 innings pitched. The Australia native has made 51 career Major League appearances -- all in relief for San Diego -- and has an 0-3 record with a 3.15 ERA.

Spence was a ninth-round draft pick in 2010.

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