The Yankees have to activate a number of players from the 60-day injured list this weekend, and to do so, they had to make room on the 40-man roster beforehand. The team got a head start with Brett Gardner and Darren O’Day yesterday, and this afternoon, a few more moves were made official:
Earlier today, OF Tim Locastro was claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox and INF Andrew Velazquez was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) November 5, 2021
Additionally, the Yankees outrighted C Rob Brantly off the Major League roster and onto the roster of Triple-A Scranton/WB.
Earlier today, OF Greg Allen was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) November 5, 2021
Once the Yankees activate Zack Britton, Luke Voit, Miguel Andújar, Clint Frazier, and Aaron Hicks from the 60-day IL, the 40-man roster will stand at 39 players. That number could decrease to 38 if the club declines Joely Rodríguez’s contract option. That will be resolved by Sunday.
The Bronx born-and-raised Velazquez filled in at shortstop while Gleyber Torres missed time in August due to a thumb sprain. He didn’t perform all that well (57 wRC+), but did make some flashy defensive plays and delivered a pretty memorable regular season moment:
Locastro, 29, played in just nine games for the Yankees this year before a torn ACL ended his season. The Yanks picked him up in an early June trade with the Diamondbacks. He’s expected to be fully healthy for the 2022 season.
Allen made a relatively significant contribution in a brief stay with the Yanks this summer. Previously, he signed a minor league deal with the Yankees and spent most of his season in Triple-A, but in 15 games for the Bombers he posted a 140 wRC+.
Like Allen, the 32 year-old Brantly also signed a minor league deal with the Yankees and spent the majority of his season with the RailRiders. He served as the team’s third catcher and appeared in six major league games.