The 29-year-old Bleier made his Major League debut with the Yankees last season, posting a 1.96 ERA in 23 relief appearances over two stints with the club. He became the first Yankee since 1913 to not record a walk or a strikeout in each of his first five Major League outings.
Bleier is set to participate in the World Baseball Classic in the designated pitchers pool for Team Israel. A team can use up to 10 designated pitchers but can't have more than two on its active roster at a time. Those active DPs can be replaced at the beginning of the next two rounds, but only by another DP. Once a DP has been replaced, he cannot return to the active roster for the subsequent rounds.
Bleier was selected by the Rangers in the sixth round of the 2008 Draft and signed with the Yankees as a free agent last spring.
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.