As I first reported on Twitter, the Yankees have claimed reliever Kanekoa Texeira after he was DFA’d by the Kansas City Royals.
Texeira, who starred for the Thunder out of their bullpen (and some spot starts) in 2009, graduated to the big leagues with the Seattle Mariners in 2010 via the Rule 5 draft, and was claimed by the Royals early last season after being DFA’d by the Mariners.
He will, in somewhat of a neat twist, be assigned to Triple-A Scranton…a place he never saw while first with the organization. Colin Curtis, who I spoke to yesterday, was placed on the 60-Day DL to make room for Texeira. Not much has changed with Curtis…he’s out for the year, but will be ready to go in October and hopes to play winter ball.
Also, via an e-mail from Mark Newman, Steve Garrison and Graham Stoneburner are both still rehabbing in Tampa and both are making progress. However, no return date is set.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com