Kendrys Morales
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The New York Yankees have designated first baseman Kendrys Morales for assignment after coming off the injured list.

Ryan Honey

On Tuesday, the New York Yankees announced they designated Kendrys Morales for assignment. Morales had just come off the injured list. He’d been out since June 11 with a strained left calf.

The Yanks also recalled left-hander Stephen Tarpley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Tarpley was immediately effective in his first action, locking down the eighth inning in Wednesday’s win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Morales ultimately didn’t have a spot on the roster after the June 15 acquisition of Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners. Moreover, Luke Voit has established himself as the everyday first baseman for the Yankees.

Morales had been struggling for the most part in 2019. In 53 games (35 for the Oakland Athletics and 19 for the Yankees), Morales has hit .194 with two home runs and 12 RBIs.

The Bombers will look to find a trade partner for the veteran infielder, but Morales will most likely end up clearing waivers and become a free agent.

The Yankees recently had to send down another one of their bats to free up a roster spot due to the Encarnacion acquisition.

Earlier this month, they optioned outfielder Clint Frazier to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. This came as a surprise to some Yankee fans, as Frazier had been playing well for the most part. He was batting .283 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs through 53 games prior to his demotion.

Frazier did have some problems in the field, however. He committed three errors in 29 games in right field.

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