NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees have selected the contract of infielder David Adams from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and they designated third baseman Chris Nelson for assignment two weeks after acquiring him.
Adams was set to make his major league debut on his 26th birthday, starting at third base and batting sixth against Seattle on Wednesday night.
Manager Joe Girardi says the 2008 third-round pick has been held back by injuries, including one that helped quash a trade with Seattle for ace Cliff Lee in 2010.
The Yankees would have liked to call up Adams last month but they couldn't because Adams was cut then re-signed during spring training. By rule, New York had to wait until May 15.
Nelson was designated for assignment on April 28 by Colorado and acquired by the Yankees on May 1. He was 8 for 36 (.222) with two RBIs.