Yankees pitcher Brad Halsey watches part of the first inning...

Yankees pitcher Brad Halsey watches part of the first inning from the top step of dugout as the Boston Red Sox played the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 30, 2004. Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill

Brad Halsey, a former Yankees and Long Island Ducks pitcher, died Tuesday in a recreational climbing accident. He was 33.

Police in Comal County said an investigation was still ongoing into Friday's accident in the Texas Hill Country area. The Lux Funeral Home said services were pending.

Halsey, a Texas native, pitched three seasons in the majors for the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Athletics. He was selected by the Yankees in the eighth round of the 2002 amateur draft and debuted in the Bronx in 2004 at age 23. Halsey was the starter for the Yankees' game against Boston on July 1, 2004, that featured Derek Jeter's iconic dive into the stands on the third-base line after pursuing and catching a pop-up.

Halsey was traded with Dioner Navarro, Javier Vazquez and cash to the Diamondbacks on Jan. 11, 2005, for Randy Johnson.

In three seasons, Halsey was 14-19 in 88 games (40 starts) with a 4.84 ERA.

He pitched for the Ducks in the Atlantic League in 2009, going 3-5 with a 5.86 ERA in 11 games (all starts). His last recorded appearance in pro ball was with the Yankees' Double-A Trenton affilliate in 2011.

- with AP

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