Okajima fails physical; won’t be with Yankees
Hideki Okajima failed his physical and will not report to Spring Training with the Yankees.
Okajima, 36, had signed a Minor League contract with a spring invitation in late December, hoping to bounce back to the effective form he showed in his first few seasons with the Red Sox.
WFAN 660 AM’s Sweeny Murti first reported that Okajima would not be in camp.
The Yankees had interest in Okajima as a left-handed specialist to help out behind Boone Logan in their bullpen, casting a wide net of low-risk players to evaluate in the spring. New York also traded up to acquire another Red Sox left-hander in the Rule 5 Draft in December, acquiring 22-year-old Cesar Cabral from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.
Cabral, who was a standout in the Dominican Winter League with Aguilas, could now see improvement in his chances of sticking on the roster. The Yankees have also invited lefty relievers Juan Cedeno and Mike O’Connor to camp.