Yankees recall Sizemore, option Almonte

New York claims LeBlanc off waivers, transfers Pineda to 60-day DL
06/03/2014 4:28 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Scott Sizemore hit .308 with two doubles and four RBI over five games earlier this season for the Yankees.(AP)
The Yankees made a quartet of roster moves ahead of Tuesday's series opener with the Oakland Athletics, most notably recalling infielder Scott Sizemore from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioning outfielder Zoilo Almonte back to the RailRiders.

In addition, the Yankees claimed LHP Wade LeBlanc off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and, to make a spot on the 40-man roster, transferred RHP Michael Pineda to the 60-day disabled list.

Sizemore, who was immediately inserted into Wednesday's starting lineup -- hitting seventh and playing third base -- played five games with the Yankees earlier this season, going 4-for-13 (.308) with two doubles and four RBI. At Triple-A, he has hit .265 with one homer and 16 RBI in 40 games over two stints with the RailRiders this season.

Almonte was called up on May 13 when RHP Shawn Kelley went on the DL, and he was 3-for-19 (.158) with one home run and one RBI in nine games.

As for the pitchers, LeBlanc, 29, made one relief appearance with the Angels this season, allowing four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings on May 30. In nine starts with Triple-A Salt Lake, he was 5-1 with a 3.69 ERA, striking out 43 batters and issuing only 14 walks in 53 2/3 innings.

In 97 career appearances (68 starts) over parts of seven Major League seasons with San Diego (2008-11), Miami (2012-13), Houston (2013) and Los Angeles-AL (2014), LeBlanc has gone 20-32 with a 4.53 ERA.

Pineda is 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA in four starts this season but has not pitched since April 23, when he was ejected from a start against Boston for having a foreign substance on his body. He served a 10-game suspension for that incident, but he suffered a Grade 1 strain of his Teres major muscle while throwing a simulated game during that ban and went on the disabled list upon his reinstatement on May 6.

The righty suffered a setback last week in his attempt to return from the injury, and now will be ineligible to return until July 5.

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