Texeira, Colome designated for assignment

Texeira, Colome designated for assignment

SEATTLE -- Right-handed reliever Kanekoa Texeira tried different things this season to change his luck. He cut his hair, shaved off his beard and grew a mustache.

Nothing really worked and the Rule 5 Draft selection from the Yankees' farm system was designated for assignment, along with 32-year-old Jesus Colome following Monday night's loss to the Twins.

Right-hander Sean White and left-hander Garrett Olson were recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and were in uniform for Tuesday night's game.

"The unfortunate thing is when you have a Rule 5 player," manager Don Wakamatsu said on Tuesday, "you'd like to be able to have a scenario in your bullpen where you can pick and choose when to acclimate him to the big leagues.

"In fairness to him, with the situation we're in with a six-man bullpen, you had to put him in situations that are a lot more conducive to someone who has pitched for a long time, or pitched in the big leagues with a comfort level."

Texeira, who never had pitched higher than Double-A with the Yankees, appeared in 16 games, posting a 0-1 record and a 5.30 ERA.

"As time has gone on the last week or so, and you expose a young player to that, you start to see where maybe he's not ready in that situation," Wakamatsu said.

Between them, Texeira and Colome walked 21 batters in 35 2/3 innings.

Other teams will have 10 days to claim Tiexiera and Colome off waivers, and if Texeira isn't picked up, the Yankees will have the option of reclaiming him for $25,000, half the amount the Mariners paid to get him during the Winter Meetings in December.

"We didn't feel like we were taking strictly a Rule 5 guy out of Spring Training," Wakamatsu said. "We felt like we were taking the best available guy. Once the season starts and you get into pressure situations, I think you start to see where maybe the lack of experience shows up."