Yanks sign former Mets reliever
Always on the prowl for pitching, the Yankees acquired Ryota Igarashi off waivers Tuesday from the Blue Jays. Igarashi, who turned 33 Monday, spent spring training with the Pirates before being acquired by Toronto March 30.
The righthander began the season with Triple A Las Vegas where he was 1-1 with four saves and 1.29 ERA in 21 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .139 batting average in 72 at-bats. The Blue Jays purchased his contract May 25. Igarashi had a rough go of it with Toronto. He allowed four earned runs in one inning (36.00) over two relief appearances and was designated for assignment May 27.
Igarashi pitched in 10 seasons for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League. He signed with the Mets as a free agent Dec. 17, 2009 and was 5-2 with a 5.74 ERA in 79 relief outings totaling 69 innings over the 2010 and ’11 seasons. He was expected to report to Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Tuesday night. To clear space on the 40-man roster for Igarashi, the Yankees transferred right-handed pitcher Brad Meyers, who has a right labrum strain, to the 60-day disabled list.