Designated for assignment by the Nationals last week, 24-year-old outfielder Eury Perez has been claimed off waivers by the Yankees.
Perez struggles to control the strike zone and lacks power, but he’s hit .310 with 63 stolen bases in 193 career games at Triple-A. And overall in the minors he’s hit at least .300 in each of the past three seasons.
Washington cut Perez loose after claiming light-hitting shortstop Pedro Florimon off waivers from Minnesota, with general manager Mike Rizzo saying they wanted to add infield depth and felt comfortable with the outfield depth.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.