Yankees designate Kendrys Morales for assignment, recall Stephen Tarpley from Triple-A

Prior to Tuesday night's game, the Yankees announced that veteran designated hitter Kendrys Morales was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and designated for assignment.

Additionally, left-hander Stephen Tarpley was recalled from the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

The switch-hitting 36-year-old Morales appeared in 19 games for the Yankees, who acquired him from the Oakland Athletics in mid-May. The 13-year veteran slashed .177/.320/.242 with one home run and five RBI during his stint in the Bronx.

Edwin Encarnacion's arrival in a trade to the Yankees all but sealed Morales' future with New York, as the team continues to reincorporate sluggers like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton from the injured list.

Tarpley, 26, locked down his first career big-league save on June 9 against the Indians, but has allowed six earned runs over 6 1/3 innings for an 8.53 ERA so far this season, to go along with his 10 strikeouts and five walks.

The young left-hander was named the Yankees' best rookie in spring training by reporters, and will look to replicate that success at the MLB level with his next opportunity.

The Yankees lead the AL East by 5.0 games entering play Tuesday, when they look to clinch a third straight series win if they can defeat the Blue Jays for the second night in a row.