Pirela was traded to Padres on Wednesday for minor-league pitcher Ron Herrera, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. With the emergence of Rob Refsnyder and Dustin Ackley, Pirela was an expendable asset for the Yankees. The 25-year-old did make a few brief appearances with the Yankees in 2015, but it was his Triple-A Scranton numbers -- .325/.390/.433 with three home runs and 23 RBI this season -- that likely peaked the Padres interest. He could compete for at-bats with the club in 2016, but with Cory Spangenberg and Jedd Gyorko already mainstays at second base for San Diego, Pirela will likely bide his time in the minors until an inevitable injury occurs.
Yankees infielder Jose Pirela earned a rare start Monday, as the utility man will play second and bat ninth in his first appearance in the starting lineup since July 8. Pirela was recalled when rosters expanded and has one hit in two plate appearances. He is hitting .221 in 31 games this season.
The Yankees announced Monday they will add the following players to their active roster Tuesday: Dustin Ackley, Andrew Bailey, Caleb Cotham, Rico Noel, James Pazos, Jose Pirela, Rob Refsnyder and Austin Romine .
The Yankees recalled infielder Cole Figueroa from Triple-A on Thursday, the team announced. Figueroa hit .233 with six RBI in 43 at-bats last season for the Rays. To make room for Figueroa, the team optioned infielder Jose Pirela to Triple-A. Pirela was hitting .212 with one home run and four RBI in 66 at-bats this season.
Yankees infielder Jose Pirela will start at second base on Saturday, in place of Stephen Drew. Pirela will get his 16th start at second base this season, and his third in the last five games. After starting six straight games and 10 of 11, Drew has only been in the lineup at second once in the last five games. Pirela will bat ninth in the lineup.