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Struggling Yankees promote OF Pereira and INF Peraza from Triple-A and activate LHP Rodón

New York Yankees' Carlos Rodon throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mired in their first eight-game losing streak since 1995, the New York Yankees added some youth by recalling outfielder Everson Pereira and infielder Oswald Peraza from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre on Tuesday.

New York also activated Carlos Rodón from the 15-day injured list to start the opener of a three-game series against Washington after the left-hander missed two weeks with a strained left hamstring.

Pereira was starting in left field and batting seventh and Peraza was playing third base and batting eighth Tuesday night against the Nationals.

“Obviously with us scuffling we felt like those two were deserving of an opportunity, deserving of a look and hopefully it’s something that can kind of spark us in the short team, but also get a look at two guys we think can play an important role in our future,” manager Aaron Boone said.

To make room on the roster, outfielder Billy McKinney went on the 10-day injured list with a lower back spasm and outfielder Greg Allen was designated for assignment.

Also, outfielder Jasson Dominguez, New York’s No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was promoted from Double-A Somerset to Scranton. After a slow start, Dominguez batted .351 with five homers in his las 35 games in Double-A four years after signing for a franchise-record $5.1 million in the international signing period.

Pereira, the Yankees’ No. 3 prospect, is expected to play regularly in left field. The Yankees have started nine players in left and those players are batting a combined .236 with 18 homers and 54 RBIs.

Since being promoted from Somerset to Triple-A last month, Pereira batted .312 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 31 games. At two levels this season, he is hitting .300 with 18 homers and 64 RBIs in 81 games.

Signed out of Venezuela in 2017, Pereira was added to the 40-man roster following the 2021 season after batting .303 with 20 homers and 57 RBIS in 49 games while making the jump from the Gulf Coast League to Hudson Valley in High-A South Atlantic League. He followed that up by hitting .277 with 14 homers and 56 RBIs in 102 games between Hudson Valley and Somerset.

“I think overall especially after the last two years, just the experience after every game, playing those games, seeing the different opportunities and just learning from the game,” Pereira said through a translator after taking batting practice for the first time. “When you take into consideration the experience that you gain and the level of play. Putting all that together, I think has allowed me to become a better hitter.”

At 60-64, the Yankees entered Tuesday 9 1/2 games behind Seattle for the last wild-card spot. New York has not had a losing since 1992 and last missed the postseason in 2016.

“I want to do whatever I can to help the team,” Pereira said. “That has always been the mindset going through all the different levels in the minor leagues and now that I’m here, it’s the same mindset.

Peraza made his major league debut last season and started at shortstop in Game 2 of the ALCS in Houston. He is expected to see most of his time at third base but is expected to spell Gleyber Torres at second and rookie Anthony Volpe at shortstop.

Peraza batted .173 in 19 games with the Yankees earlier this year. At Triple-A, he is hitting .268 with 14 homers and 36 RBIs.

McKinney began feeling back pain when diving back to the base during a three-game series at Miami and felt it against during this past weekend’s series against Boston.

Called up when Aaron Judge went on the IL in June, McKinney batted .227 with six homers in 48 games while rotating between all three outfield positions.

Used primarily as a defensive replacement and pinch runner, Allen was 5 for 23 in 22 games. He also missed 40 games because of a strained right hip.

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