Yankees add bullpen reinforcement

Cesar Cabral was designated for assignment following his atrocious relief outing Friday night in the Yankees’ 11-5 loss at St. Petersburg, Fla., in which he lefthander allowed three hits, hit three batters with pitches and threw a wild pitch without getting an out. The performance, if one could call it that, also forced Yankees manager Joe Girardi to use Shawn Kelley, whom he had hoped to avoid.

With the bullpen in tatters after Friday night, the Yankees added Matt Daley, a righthander from Garden City, Long Island, to the 25-man roster Saturday. Daley, 31, pitched in seven games for the Yankees last year and had a 1-0 record without allowing a run in six innings. He pitched for the Rockies from 2009-11.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Cabral became the 21st pitcher in Yankees history to hit three-or-more batters in a single game. Elias research also noted that the Yankees’ single-game franchise high of four hit batters was set by lefthander Tommy Byrne in a 12-8 victory July 5, 1950 at Yankee Stadium against the Philadelphia Athletics. Byrne hit two batters in the first inning and two more in the third on the way to earning the victory (5 IP, 6H, 4ER, 6BB, 1K, 4HP). Byrne led the majors in hit batters in 1950 with 17. The Yankees’ record for hit batters in a season is 26 by righthander Jack Warhop in 1909.

Rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte went into Saturday night’s game ranked second in the American League in batting with a .370 average in 54 at-bats. He was also tied for second with seven doubles, second with a .452 on-base percentage and first with a .480 road batting average. . .With eight stolen bases, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was tied with Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus for the AL lead and tied for third in the majors behind only Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon (10) and Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. (9).

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