Yankees Rule 5 picks headed to the DL

The Yankees took two players in this year’s Rule 5 draft in lefty Cesar Cabral and righty Brad Meyers. Neither player will make the team, but neither player is leaving the organization either as both are headed to the DL, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.

Cabral had a good shot of making the team, but an elbow fracture has his future in doubt. Yankees GM Brian Cashman told Jennings that he expects him to pitch this season, but until he is healthy the Yankees are allowed to stash him on the DL.

Meyers was always a much longer shot to make the team, but he killed those chances early on this spring after he hurt his shoulder working out. He has pitched in minor league games, but the Yankees must not think he’s healthy yet as he’s headed to the DL as well.

The Rule 5 draft rules apply after they are healthy – they either have to stay on the team all year or be offered back to their original teams. If they aren’t on the active roster for at least 90 days each than the same Rule 5 rules will apply next year.

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