Yankees replacement pitcher David McKay returns to the Rays

David McKay’s stay with the Yankees was short-lived.

The Yankees traded the right-handed pitcher back to the Rays Thursday for cash, the team announced.

McKay, 27, was acquired by the Yankees on April 4. He was with the Rays, but had a clause in his contract that allowed him to be moved to another team if that team wanted to put him on his 40-man list if the Rays did not.

The Yankees traded David McKay to the Rays on Thursday.
The Yankees traded David McKay to the Rays on Thursday.
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He played two major league games for the Yankees last month, hitting two shutout innings. Over 26 games in 2019 and ’20 with the Mariners and Tigers, McKay had a 6.08 ERA.

The Yankees also announced that they were adding right-hander Albert Abreu to their active roster. They demanded Abreu exemptions from the Royals earlier this week after switching him to Rangers in spring training for catcher Jose Trevino.

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