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Yankees claim Parker Bridwell off waivers from Angels

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The Yankees announced on Monday that pitcher Parker Bridwell has been claimed off waivers from the Angels. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, infielder Ronald Torreyes was designated for assignment.

Bridwell, 27, was limited to 6 2/3 innings at the big league level and 28 innings in the minors last year due to an elbow issue. He had good results for the Angels the previous year, however, making 20 starts and one relief appearance with a 10-3 record, a 3.64 ERA< and a 73/30 K/BB ratio in 121 innings.

Bridwell has just 129 days of service time so he’s cheap pitching depth for the Yankees.

Torreyes, 26, hit .281/.308/.374 across parts of three seasons for the Yankees, playing mostly second base but also spent significant time at third base and shortstop as well. He will likely draw interest from other teams as a utility player.

B.J. Upton is going by B.J. Upton again

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Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.

For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.

Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.