NEW YORK — The Yankees acquired INF Reid Brignac from the Rockies for cash, adding a lefty bat to the group of backups filling in for their injured stars.
Brignac, whom the Rays traded to Colorado for cash in February, was hitting .250 with one homer and six RBIs in 29 games (nine starts) before being designated for assignment Thursday. He should get immediate playing time in an infield missing SS Derek Jeter, SS Eduardo Nunez, 3B Alex Rodriguez and 3B Kevin Youkilis to injuries.
"He played shortstop, second, third," Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. "A fly-ball hitter, so we're going to see if we can take advantage of the left-handed bat at Yankee Stadium."
Garza to return: Cubs RHP Matt Garza will start Tuesday, the team said. He has been out all season with a strained back muscle.
Happ out indefinitely: LHP J.A. Happ, who sustained a skull fracture when hit by a liner against the Rays on May 7, won't pitch any time soon because of sore right knee sustained when he fell. The team said Happ's head is fine.
Braves: LHP Eric O'Flaherty was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and will likely need Tommy John surgery. There is no timetable for a decision.
Cardinals: LHP Jaime Garcia went on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder. There is no timetable for the starter's return.