Yankees place new pickup Dustin Ackley on disabled list

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Two games into his Yankees career and Dustin Ackley is headed to the disabled list.

Ackley, who was acquired from the Mariners on July 31, has been shut down with what the Yankees are calling a right lumbar strain.

Ackley was expected to see action as a second baseman and corner outfielder for the Yankees, who picked him up on the cheap believing the 27-year-old former No. 2 overall pick has more upside than his meager .671 career OPS has suggested so far.

Blue Jays sign Marc Rzepczynski to minor league deal

Marc Rzepczynski
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The Blue Jays announced on Monday the signing of lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. “Scrabble,” as he’s affectionately known, spent the first two and a half years of his career with the Blue Jays in 2009-11.

Rzepczynski, 34, hasn’t appeared in the majors since July 2018. He struggled across 44 2/3 innings with the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, last year. He posted a 5.04 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 28 walks.

While lefty relievers are always high in demand, it seems likely that Rzepczynski will begin the regular season in the minors and serve as organizational depth for the Blue Jays.