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Yankees acquire pitcher Sam Demel off waivers from Astros

Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Sam Demel looks at

Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Sam Demel looks at the bullpen as Joe Paterson is brought in to relieve him during the seventh inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs. (Credit: AP, 2011)

The Yankees have acquired pitcher Sam Demel off waivers from the Houston Astros, the team announced Wednesday.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees have designated fellow righthanded pitcher Danny Otero for assignment.

Demel made only one appearance at the big-league level last year as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In one relief inning of work, the 27-year-old righthander allowed one run on two hits and a walk. Demel spent most of 2012 with Triple-A Reno. In 66.1 innings over 56 appearances, he went 1-4 with one save and a 4.07 ERA.

Demel has made 72 appearances in the majors over the course of three seasons with the Diamondbacks from 2010-12. He has a 4-4 record, a 4.95 ERA and 48 strikeouts over that span.

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