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3/27/2013 3:31 P.M. ET

Yankees pluck righty Demel off waiver wire

Fellow right-hander Otero designated for assignment after one day with club

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees announced on Wednesday that they have claimed right-handed pitcher Sam Demel off waivers from the Astros.

Demel, 27, owns a 4-4 record with two saves and a 4.95 ERA (63 2/3 innings, 35 earned runs) in 72 Major League relief appearances with the D-backs from 2010-12.

He made one relief outing with Arizona in 2012 after spending the majority of the season with Triple-A Reno, where he went 1-4 with one save and a 4.07 ERA in 56 appearances.

Demel made five spring appearances with the Astros this spring, going 1-0 while allowing 11 earned runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched for a 42.43 ERA.

In a corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designed right-hander Danny Otero -- who had been claimed off waivers from the Giants on Tuesday -- for assignment.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.