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Yankees got Clay Holmes (Buck) closer on IL

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The New York Yankees placed right-handed Klay Holmes on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday after suffering a lower left back spasm. It was one of a series of moves we made against visiting Tampa Bay in the hours before the final game.

The club also optioned infielder/outfielder Miguel Andujal and outfielder Tim Locastro to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

They also recalled infielder Oswaldo Cabrera, outfielder Esteban Florial, and Scranton/Wilkes his Barre right-hander Ron Malinaccio.

The 29-year-old Holmes, fresh off his first All-Star appearance, pitched in Boston last Friday and made an impressive save. He said his back was stiff after the game. Holmes attempted to throw a few pitches from the mound on Tuesday.

"I tried to throw it again today, but it got a little tight," said Holmes. "The wisest and best way was probably to try and give it a break... Play smart and don't try to push for things that could be much worse than they are now."

Holmes is 5-3 with a 2.39 ERA and has 17 saves in 49 games this season.

Yanks' Andujar has a .239 batting average in his 19 games, and Locastro has a .176 batting average in his 26 games.

Cabrera, 23, has a .262 batting average and eight home runs in Scranton. Floral has gone 0-11 in his four games with the Yankees this season.

Marinaccio is 1-0 in his 23 games with the Yankees in 2022 and has a 2.03 ERA.

– Field Level Media