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The New York Yankees have signed outfielder Rafael Ortega to a minor-league deal.
Ortega burst onto the scene as a late-bloomer with the 2021 Cubs, hitting .291 with 11 homers, 12 stolen bases, and a 122 wRC+. The 31-year-old regressed last season, however, hitting .241 with seven homers, 12 steals, and a 96 wRC+ across 371 trips to the plate. He will compete for a depth role in the Yankees outfield in 2023.
Rafael Ortega was placed on the 60-day IL with a left finger fracture. Jared Young has been called up from Triple-A.
Ortega will miss the rest of the 2022 season with the fracture he suffered on Tuesday. He ends the season with a .241/.331/.358 slash line and a 95 wRC+.
Rafael Ortega went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two RBIs, and two runs scored in a win over the Mets Monday.
Ortega is slashing .238/.329/.356 with seven home runs, 12 stolen bases, and 35 runs batted in this season. The 31-year-old has played well as of late and is a viable option in deeper leagues.
Rafael Ortega homered in his lone at-bat in the eighth inning in a win over the Orioles Thursday.
Ortega came on to pinch hit for Christopher Morel and then proceeded to take Joey Krehibel deep to the right field bleachers. The 31-year-old is slashing .230/.320/.350 with six home runs, 27 RBIs, and nine stolen bases this season.
Rafael Ortega went 3-for-5 with a double in a 4-3 loss to the Cardinals Thursday.
Ortega needed a solid game to hopefully get back on track, as he had just five hits in his last 43 at-bats coming into today. He is slashing .241/.326/.361 with five home runs, 24 RBIs, and eight stolen bases. Because Ortega has gone cold as of late, he should be left on your bench for now.