The Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, have a pair of roster moves to announce prior to Monday’s game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
INF/OF Jose Pirela (concussion) has been transferred to the Thunder from the Tampa Yankees as part of a MLB rehab stint. The 25-year old from Venezuela participated in extended spring training in Florida before his first rehab game Sunday as a DH for Tampa (0-for-4, R).
Pirela suffered the injury playing CF in a spring training game against the New York Mets on March 22nd. He crashed into the centerfield wall, suffering a concussion on an eventual inside-the-park HR from Juan Lagares.
From 2011-2013, Pirela was a significant contributor for the Thunder—particularly for the 2013 Eastern League championship team. He has appeared in 334 games (4th All-Time), recorded 330 hits (4th), 67 doubles (4th), 12 triples (T-2nd) and scored 178 runs (4th) in his Thunder career. In 2014, he was added to the Yankees active roster September 16th, made his MLB debut on September 22nd and was 8-for-24 (.333) in seven games with the Yankees.
Pirela, who will wear No. 14, is the starting second baseman in Monday’s starting lineup and is expected to play the entire game. The length of his rehab stint with the Thunder has not been determined at this time.
Additionally, LHP Fred Lewis has been released from his contract by the New York Yankees. Lewis was placed on the 7-Day Disabled List on April 16th with left arm fatigue. The 47th round selection by the Yankees in 2010 had appeared in two games this season, allowing one earned run in 4.1 IP (2.08 ERA) on just two hits while striking out four.