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Ryota Igarashi Signing: Yankees Claim Former New York Mets Reliever

The New York Yankees claimed former New York Mets reliever Ryota Igarashi off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, and assigned the veteran right-hander to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Igarashi, 33, did not pitch well in his two seasons with the Mets. In 2010 he pitched to a 7.12 ERA in 34 games. In 45 games last season he had a 4.66 ERA. In two big-league appearances this season for the Blue Jays he had an ERA of 36.00, surrendering four runs in one inning of work.

Igarashi has a career ERA of 6.17 in 81 games.

The Yankees most likely are looking to replenish some depth in their minor-league system. Injuries to Mariano Rivera and David Robertson have forced New York to dip into its farm system for relief help, with veteran right-hander Cody Eppley being the most recent callup.

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