Yankees DFA LHP Cabral, recall RHP Daley

04/19/2014 4:00 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Matt Daley pitched six scoreless innings for the Yankees last September.(AP)
The New York Yankees designated LHP Cesar Cabral for assignment moments after Friday night's 11-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, and will replace him ahead of Saturday night's game by selecting the contract of RHP Matt Daley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Cabral, who threw 9 1/3 scoreless innings this spring, was called up from Triple-A when Mark Teixeira went on the disabled list two weeks ago, making four appearances with the Yankees. The left-hander pitched a total of one scoreless inning with one hit, two walks and two strikeouts in his first three appearances, but his final tilt Friday may have sealed his fate.

After replacing Adam Warren with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Cabral faced six batters but did not retire a single one, allowing three earned runs on three hits, one wild pitch and three hit batsmen -- the last of which earned him an immediate ejection from home plate umpire Joe West.

Both Cabral and manager Joe Girardi were upset that Cabral's ejection, despite the circumstances, came with no warning from West.

"Obviously we're not trying to hit anyone there and I feel bad that we hit three people," Girardi said after the game. "Obviously, he had no command."

"They know I don't want to hit anybody," Cabral added. "I was surprised because [West] don't tell me nothing."

The Yankees now have 10 days to trade, release or, if he clears waivers, reassign Cabral to the minor leagues.

"I can't believe this," Cabral said after learning the news, "but I guess this is baseball."

Daley, a native of Garden City, N.Y., also had a strong spring, allowing just one run over 8 2/3 innings, and he was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four appearances (five innings) at Triple-A.  

The 30-year-old right-hander made seven appearances and pitched six scoreless innings for the Yankees last September, a stint that included what Daley himself even said will likely go down as his most memorable moment in baseball -- relieving Mariano Rivera after "The Sandman" left the mound at Yankee Stadium for the final time.

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