The Yankees have found a stop-gap solution for their infield: They acquired third baseman Chris Nelson from Colorado for cash considerations or a player to be named later. To make room on the 40-man roster, the team transferred catcher Francisco Cervelli (broken hand) to the 60-day disabled list.

Nelson, a 27-year-old former first-round pick, was designated for assignment by the Rockies over the week. He is a right-handed hitter. With Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list, the team lacks a backup third baseman. Nelson posted a .600 on-base plus slugging percentage in 21 games this season.

“We feel that a right-handed bat will help us,” manager Joe Girardi said after Wednesday’s 5-4 victory over Houston. “We’re pretty left-handed right now. And we’ll see. He’s going to get a chance to play at some points.”