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New York Yankees recall Andrew Velazquez from Triple-A

Aug 26, 2021; Oakland, California, USA;  New York Yankees shortstop Andrew Velazquez (71) looks on from the dugout before a game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 26, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Andrew Velazquez (71) looks on from the dugout before a game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees recalled shortstop Andrew Velazquez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for Saturday’s game against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.

Velazquez, 27, adds infield depth for the final two games of the regular season as DJ LeMahieu deals with a sports hernia.

The Yankees (91-69) lead the American League wild-card race entering Saturday, one game ahead of the Boston Red Sox (90-70) and two in front of the Toronto Blue Jays (89-71) and Seattle Mariners (89-71). New York has a magic number of one to clinch its fifth straight postseason spot.

Velazquez is batting .234 with one homer, six RBIs and four stolen bases in 26 games this season with the Yankees. He hit .273 with seven home runs, 46 RBIs and 29 steals in 77 games in Triple-A.

Manager Aaron Boone said LeMahieu had a cortisone shot Friday and could return to the lineup Sunday. The two-time batting champ is hitting .268 with 10 home runs and 57 RBIs in 150 games this season.

In a corresponding transaction, New York optioned right-handed reliever Albert Abreu (2-0, 5.15 ERA) to Scranton.

–Field Level Media