Yankees release infielder David Adams

03/26/2013 8:52 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

David Adams was the Yankees' third-round draft pick in 2008. (AP)
The New York Yankees announced Tuesday evening that they have released infielder David Adams, who was the team’s third round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft.

Adams, 25, hit .306 with eight home runs and 48 RBI in 86 games for Double-A Trenton last year, finally getting back on the field full-time after missing most of 2010 and 2011 due to a badly-broken ankle and complications in his recovery from it.

A second baseman by trade, Adams was moved to third base midway through last season, and was expected to begin 2013 as the third baseman at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; however, he had missed most of Spring Training dealing with a back injury, playing in just a couple Minor League games prior to his release.

For his career, Adams is a .295 hitter over five levels in the organization, an average that includes a .307 mark in 479 total at-bats at Double-A.

His release was the reciprocal roster move made to open up a 40-man roster spot for outfielder Vernon Wells, who was officially acquired from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim earlier Tuesday.

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