The Yankees are calling on an old friend to provide a fresh arm.
New York selected the contract of right-hander David Hale from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned Nestor Cortes Jr. following Monday's game. To make room for Hale on the 25-man roster, they transferred third baseman Miguel Andújar to the 60-day injured list.
Hale was 3-1 with a 4.11 ERA in six starts for the RailRiders this season. He went at least five innings and allowed three earned runs or fewer in each outing but his last, when he surrendered five earned runs on eight hits over three innings against Indianapolis.
Last season, Hale appeared in three games for the Yankees and gave up three earned runs on 12 hits over 10 2/3 innings. New York designated him for assignment on April 24 following his first outing of the year and the Twins claimed him off waivers two days later.
But Minnesota DFA'd the 31-year-old after his lone appearance with the club. He finished the season on a Minor League deal with the Yankees before doing the same prior to the 2019 campaign.
Andújar underwent season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a small right labrum tear that he initially tried to rehab.
Cortes Jr. made a pair of appearances this month and gave up a combined six earned runs over six innings.