Yankees claim LHP Matt Gage off waivers from Astros

The New York Yankees claimed lefthanded reliever Matt Gage off waivers from the Houston Astros on Monday.

The club designated infielder/outfielder Diego Castillo for assignment to open a 40-man roster spot for Gage.

Gage, who turns 31 in February, made his major league debut in 2022 for the Toronto Blue Jays and appeared in five games last season for the Astros, compiling a 2.70 ERA.

In 16 career MLB games, Gage has an 0-1 record, one blown save and a 1.83 ERA with 20 strikeouts across 19 2/3 innings.

He spent several seasons in both affiliated and independent minor league baseball before breaking into the majors. At Triple-A Sugar Land in 2023, Gage went 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings.

The Yankees selected Castillo, 26, off waivers from the New York Mets earlier this month. He played 96 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2022 and one for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2023.