Left-handed pitcher Cesar Cabral cleared waivers and has been outrighted by the Yankees to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to the team.
Cabral was designated for assignment on Friday after a rough outing in Tampa Bay — he allowed three runs on three hits and did not record an out. He was also ejected from the game after hitting three batters.
By designating Cabral for assignment, the Yankees were given 10 days to either place him on waivers, trade him, release him, or outright him to the minor leagues. On Monday (per New York’s transactions page on MLB.com), the team made the decision to send him outright to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Dominican pitcher was signed as an amateur free agent by the Boston Red Sox in 2005 and played within the team’s organization from 2006 through 2011. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft before being sold to the Yankees.
Cabral, now 25, made his major league debut with New York in August of last season against the Chicago White Sox, when he struck out two of the four batters he faced in a scoreless eighth inning. He finished 2013 with a 2.45 era and six strikeouts in three and two-thirds total innings of work.
In his only three 2014 appearances this season prior to Friday, Cabral surrendered no runs, struck out two, walked one, and allowed two hits.
According to ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews, Cabral was designated for assignment less than a half-hour after he was thrown out of Friday’s game.
“I can’t believe this,” Cabral told ESPN New York, “but I guess this is baseball.”
Because Cabral has previously been outrighted, he has the option to reject the assignment and become a free agent. Under Major League Baseball rules, a player cannot be outrighted to the minors more than once without permission.
Cabral was originally called up by the Yankees on April 8, after closer David Robertson was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Robertson was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.