Perpetually shaking up their active roster in order to overcome an MLB-leading number of injuries, the New York Yankees elected to designate Chris Nelson for assignment, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. The move was made in order to make space for David Adams to be called up from Triple-A.
Nelson had been acquired by the Yankees on May 1st after being DFA’d by the Colorado Rockies. Combined between the two clubs he’s hit .235/.269/.304 in 108 PA on the year, spending most of his time defensively at third base. Nelson was linked to a handful of organizations before landing with the Yankees, but it remains unclear if any of them will pursue acquiring him from the Yankees in the coming days. To his credit Nelson expressed some excitement about joining the Yankees organization following the deal with Colorado, possibly suggesting that he’d be more open to accepting an assignment to Triple-A should the team offer him a chance to remain in the organization. He’ll be removed from the 40-man roster with this move, so Nelson’s immediate future will largely depend on what opportunities may be out there.
Adams has batted .316/.407/.490 in 113 PA on the year at Scranton. He’d been released by the organization following Spring Training considering his lengthy injury history, but was shortly re-signed on a minor league pact. Adams made his MLB Debut Wednesday evening, going 1 for 4 against the Seattle Mariners in the Yankees’ 12-2 loss.