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Yankees Claim Infielder Matt Antonelli Off Waivers From Orioles

Infielder Matt Antonelli #54 of the Baltimore Orioles fouls off a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on March 18, 2012 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Infielder Matt Antonelli #54 of the Baltimore Orioles fouls off a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on March 18, 2012 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN) - The Yankees claimed infielder Matt Antonelli off of waivers from the Baltimore Orioles, the club announced on Thursday.

The 27-year-old will begin his Bombers career at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this weekend.

The Massachusetts native was hitting just .204 with a homer and seven RBIs for Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate before being plucked by New York.

A second baseman by trade, Antonelli was a first-round pick of the Padres in 2006. The right-handed hitter is a lifetime .261 hitter in the Minors, and he had a brief 21-game stint for the Padres in 2008, hitting .193 with three RBIs. He hasn’t been back on a 25-man Major League roster since.

With the addition of Antonelli to the 40-man roster, the Yankees transferred left-handed pitcher Cesar Cabral — currently on the shelf with a left elbow fracture — to the 60-day disabled list.

Not the most exciting addition in baseball history, but it never hurts to have a utility infielder at your disposal. Offer your thoughts and comments below…