Yankees claim Albert Abreu, designated David McKay

14:06: The Yankees announced Abreu’s claim, adding that the rights David McKay was appointed for assignments to open a place on the roster.

13:45: The Yankees have brought righty Albert Abreu returns to the organization, and demands his release from the royals on Tuesday, reports Robert Murray from FanSided (via Twitter). They must make a similar 40-man move to accommodate Abreu, who was appointed on behalf of Kansas City last week.

It’s been a little over two months since the Yankees traded Abreu to Rangers in the deal that brought the catcher José Trevino to the Bronx. The switch has yielded big dividends for the Yanks, as Trevino has surprised with a .278 / .336 / .454 strike line through his first 119 record appearances. He has also provided excellent defense, which he was previously known for, and generally filled a large void for a Yankees team that otherwise did little to resolve their catch situation during the winter. New York picked up light hits Ben Rotvedt in the trade that sent Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela to Minnesota, but he has been on the sidelines all season due to injury.

Abreus’ time with Rangers, meanwhile, turned out to be short. Although he posted a 3.12 ERA in his 8 2/3 innings with Texas, he also gave a staggering 12 times and hit a batter. The Rangers were understandably not thrilled by the alarming lack of command and ended up appointing Abreu for the job and switching him to the Royals. He hit just 4 1/3 innings for Kansas City and ended up with four more times and one hit before being named for the allotment.

Abreu, 26, has long drawn positive scout ratings for a plus fastball and a pair of above-average secondary offers (switch, slider). However, the command has always been his Achilles heel, as evidenced by his ever-high tour rates for minors. He is out of options for smaller leagues, so the Yankees will give him back in the big league’s auxiliary corps for now in hopes of working with him again to take advantage of his command over the strike zone.

As for the 27-year-old McKay, he struck in just two games with the Yankees, throwing two goalless innings in the process. Like Abreu, however, he has been far too inclined to give trips at the MLB level; in 28 2/3 innings between the Mariners, Tigers and Yankees, McKay has gone 20 of the 127 hits he has faced (15.7%). McKay has whipped 34.4% of his career opponents in Triple-A, which certainly fascinates some clubs, but his command problems have prevented him from finding any lasting MLB success. The Yankees will have a week to swap him to release him or try to send him through direct exemption.