The New York Yankees made a flurry of roster moves on Saturday, placing outfielder Zoilo Almonte on the disabled list with a left ankle sprain and designating infielder Alberto Gonzalez for assignment, according to the team's official Twitter page.
X-rays on Almonte's foot came back negative after he was removed early from Friday's game. Despite that, the Yankees chose to play it safe and have a fresh body on the field with an upcoming series against the NL East-leading Boston Red Sox. The 24-year-old Almonte will likely be activated as soon as the minimum of 15 days is reached.
Gonzalez was acquired in a trade with the Cubs earlier in the season, but has OPS'd just .382 in 13 games with New York. The Yankees designated the 30-year-old earlier in the season and then outrighted him to Triple-A, but he was later recalled on June 21.
Mesa and Neal have both spent a brief time on the major league roster earlier in 2013. The 25-year-old Neal is the more polished hitter of the two, with a .314/.387/.402 line for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre compared to a .249/.277/.424 line for Mesa. Mesa has above-average speed and is a good defensive outfielder with a strong arm, though.
Both players have some pop and have had 20-plus homer seasons in the minors.