Yangervis Solarte sent to Triple-A

Updated: July 3, 2014, 8:01 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Rookie Yangervis Solarte, who was an early-season sensation for the New York Yankees, has been sent down to Triple-A Scranton, the team announced Thursday.

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AP Photo/Kathy WillensYangervis Solarte was hitting just .148 with four RBIs and three runs scored over the past 30 days. His batting average, which was at .336 on May 14, has tumbled to .260.

Solarte, a non-roster invitee, seemingly came out of nowhere during spring training to beat out Eduardo Nunez for the 25th spot on the team. He then won the third-base job over Kelly Johnson, hitting .299 with six homers and 29 RBIs over the first two months of the season when he was arguably the Yankees' best offensive player.

"As you can imagine, when you've fought so long to get there and get sent back down, it's difficult," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We made it known to him that, you were a big part of our success in the first two weeks, but you've been struggling. So go get back on track like you were when you came up to spring training."

Since June began, Solarte's hit just .162 in 22 games. He will be replaced by Zelous Wheeler, a right-handed hitting utility infielder who was hitting .299 at Triple-A.

The Yankees designated for assignment infielder Dean Anna to make room for Wheeler on the 40-man roster.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com contributor Andrew Krammer was used in this report.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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