Before taking on the Orioles on Saturday night, the Yankees selected INF Giovanny Urshela from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and signed him to a major league deal, the team announced.
Urshela was signed to a minor league deal by the Yankees, and invited to Spring Training down in Tampa where he saw some success. He slashed .321/.345/.679 with two homers, four doubles and three RBI over 11 games.
The 27-year-old is no stranger to the AL East, playing for the Blue Jays last season. He hit .233/.283/.326 with one homer and three RBI over 19 games with Toronto.
The Yankees used Urshela at third primarily throughout the spring, but he has shortstop experience. He adds much-needed depth to an infield that has been plagued by injuries early with Miguel Andujar and Troy Tulowitzki both on the Injured List.
To make room for Urshela, the Yankees optioned INF Thairo Estrada to the RailRiders. The Yankees also moved SS Didi Gregorius to the 60-day IL.