Wilkin DeLaRosa clears waivers, remains with Yanks

Lefty pitching “prospect” Wilkin DeLaRosa has cleared waivers according to the team, and has been outrighted to Double-A Trenton. DeLaRosa was designated for assignment on Thursday after the Yankees claimed fellow lefty Steve Garrison off waivers from the Padres.

The 25-year-old former position player has basically spun his wheels with Trenton over the last two seasons, showing little if any improvement and marginal results overall. He was added to the 40-man roster after the 2008 season because the team liked what they saw out of his left arm and didn’t want to lose him as a minor league free agent, but DeLaRosa has done little to keep that spot since. Anyway, he’s still in the organization, so no loss. Actually, it was a net gain when you consider Garrison.

Yankees claim Steve Garrison, remove DeLaRosa from 40-man roster

Via Mike Ashmore, the Yankees appear to be claiming lefthander Steve Garrison off waivers from the Padres. The move comes at the expense of Wilkin DeLaRosa, who was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Garrison. Much like the Chad Huffman claim back in April, this move has Kevin Towers’ fingerprints all over it.

Garrison, 24 this weekend, is a local kid from Trenton. Almost exclusively a starter in the minors, he works in the upper-80’s/low-90’s with his fastball, and also features both a curveball and a slider. Apparently he also throws a changeup as well. Garrison has battled injuries and ineffectiveness over the last two years, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yanks shifted him to the bullpen full-time. Remember, the claim is not yet official, though the WDLR cut is.

MLB investigating Nova, DeLaRosa

Via Baseball America, Major League Baseball is investigating both Ivan Nova and Wilkin DeLaRosa for allegedly injecting each other with B-12 shots while the two were teammates last season with Double-A Trenton. B-12 is not on MLB’s list of banned substances, but only licensed physicians are allowed to inject the medication without a subscription. And, of course, they want to make sure neither player injected themselves with something other than B-12.

I honestly don’t know what happens from here, if there’s a penalty or something since it’s not a banned substance. Hopefully nothing comes of this.