PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres announced Monday that they have returned Rule 5 pitcher George Kontos to the Yankees.
The Padres selected the right-handed pitcher in December's Rule 5 Draft, meaning they had to keep him on their 25-man roster for the entire regular season or offer him back to the Yankees for $25,000, half of the claiming fee.
Kontos, a long shot to win a job in the bullpen, had a 9.82 ERA in three appearances this spring for the Padres. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings and had three walks.
Kontos, 25, also allowed two home runs.
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