Just after the New York Yankees 5-2 loss to the Oakland A's on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, reporters saw Alfredo Aceves packing up his locker and many thought he would be on his way off the 25-man roster which is what happened on Wednesday.
Aceves was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Wednesday, as the Yankees will have 10 days to either trade or release Aceves if he does not accept his assignment down to the minor leagues at Class-AAA Scranton/Wilks-Barre; as Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal reported.
Aceves designated for assignment. Claiborne has been optioned down. Wade leBlanc is here and active.— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) June 4, 2014
Preston Claiborne was also optioned back down to Class-AAA Scranton/Wilks-Barre and lefty reliever Wade LeBlanc, who was just claimed by the Yankees on Tuesday off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels, was promoted to the 25-man roster and is available to pitch if needed on Wednesday night against the Oakland A's. The Yankees also added right-handed reliever Jose Ramirez to the roster as well
In his second tour with the Yankees, Aceves was downright terrible, pitching to a 1-2 record and a 6.51 ERA in 10 appearances. Aceves was originally signed by the Yankees back in 2008 and was on the World Series team in 2009 before signing with the Boston Red Sox in 2010 and spent three years with them before being released in 2013. Aceves signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles, but was released in the spring, which was when the Yankees picked him up on a minor league deal.
Claiborne was 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA in 15 appearances and at times, hasn't been as strong as he was in the 2013 season. Ramirez was once called up by the Yankees for a straight double-header last month against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but was then sent back down to Class-AAA once the double-header was over.