Yankees add Albert Abreu to active roster, option Clarke Schmidt to Triple-A

The New York Yankees made a couple of roster moves before Thursday’s series opener against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium.

The team added reliever Albert Abreu to the active 26-man roster and optioned reliever/starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

New York claimed Abreu off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday and designated right-hander David McKay for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. This is Abreu’s second stint with the Yankees. He made two relief appearances with the team in 2020 and 28 in 2021. The 26-year-old has a 5.12 ERA over 41 games in his MLB career.

Schmidt picked up his fourth win of the season on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, but he ends up being the odd-man-out as the Yankees needed to add a fresh arm to the bullpen. The 26-year-old has a 3.00 ERA over 14 games this season.

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