Hazleton‚??s Russ Canzler could be playing his games a lot closer to home this season.
The first baseman/outfielder was claimed of waivers by the New York Yankees from the Cleveland Indians on Friday.
Canzler, who played for the Indians in 2012, was just re-claimed by them Wednesday but was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for free agent Brett Myers.
The 26-year-old Canzler hit .269 in 97 plate appearances with the Indians in 2012, but has fared much better in the high levels of the minors in his career. If he doesn‚??t make the Yankees out of spring training, he will start the season with the Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders.
Canzler played his high school baseball at Hazleton Area high school.
The Yankees will have to clear a space for Canzler on the 40-man roster but didn‚??t immediately announce a corresponding move.