The Yankees announced Thursday they added outfielder Tyler Austin, pitcher Danny Burawa, pitcher Branden Pinder and outfielder Mason Williams to the 40-man roster. The Yankees also sold the rights of infielder Zelous Wheeler to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League. Williams was considered the Yankees' third-best prospect by Baseball America heading into the 2014 season.
Yankees infielder Zelous Wheeler was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Thursday, the team announced. Wheeler was sent down in early August to make room for the team's trade deadline acquisitions. He hit .267/.267/.467 in 30 at-bats with the Yankees earlier in the season.
The Yankees have dispatched outfielder Zoilo Almonte and infielder Zelous Wheeler to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre to make room on the roster for trade acquisitions Martin Prado and Stephen Drew. Almonte had only been up with the Yankees for three days. Wheeler was 8 for 30 in his short time with the big league club.
Making his major-league debut Thursday, Yankees third baseman Zelous Wheeler went 2 for 4 with a home run and two runs scored in his team's 7-4 win over the Twins. Wheeler hasn't flashed a lot of power in the minors, but he did put together a quality .299/.367/.467 line with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 244 at-bats with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before his promotion. He has the ability to fill in at second base, third base and shortstop as needed.
The Yankees recalled infielder/outfielder Zelous Wheeler from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take the roster spot of Yangervis Solarte, who was optioned to the minors Thursday. Wheeler hit .299 with seven home runs, 20 doubles and 31 RBI in 66 games at Triple-A.