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Cashman not sure Millwood can help Yankees

The Yankees weren’t willing to offer Kevin Millwood a big league contract, but they did have a Minor League deal on the table for some time. 
Millwood – who had been working out on the campus at UC-Irvine – finally decided to take that contract on Friday and will report to the Yankees’ complex in Tampa, Fla. But at this late date, Cashman said there is “no chance” that Millwood will begin the season with the Yankees. 
He could begin the year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he’ll have something to prove.

“I don’t know if he can help us or not,” Cashman said. “But I’m willing to put a no-risk, possible reward option that’s been on the table the whole time. We’ll put him in, get him ready and get him into competition. See if there’s anything there. If there is, we’ll have some decisions to make. If there’s not, nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

Swisher “sore” after foul ball

Nick Swisher was hobbled after his at-bat in the sixth inning Wednesday, fouling a pitch off his left instep while batting against the Blue Jays’ Jo Jo Reyes. 

After being examined by head athletic trainer Gene Monahan, Swisher was permitted to stay in the game and finished his at-bat, lining hard to second base and into a double play.
“He’s sore. Hopefully, it’s just day-to-day,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who said Swisher would come in for further treatment on Thursday’s off-day.
Swisher left the game after the inning, replaced by Greg Golson in right field, but Girardi said he was planning to do that anyway. 
  • Girardi said that the Yankees want Golson to go to Minor League camp and get more at-bats just in case Curtis Granderson isn’t ready for the season to start. Golson was sidelined from March 7 until Tuesday with an oblique strain of his own.
  • Freddy Garcia gets the ball in a Minor League game Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m., though Girardi said there isn’t much Garcia can do to change the opinions of his bid for a rotation slot. “I think we have a pretty good feel on what Freddy can do,” he said. Jesus Montero will catch Garcia.
  • Alex Rodriguez had two more hits, including a double, and is batting .429 this spring.
  • Asked for his most impressive performers of camp, Girardi named lefty Manny Banuelos among the youngsters, and Bartolo Colon as the most impressive veteran. He also complimented the jumps Melky Mesa has been getting in center field.
  • The Yankees claimed left-hander Jose Ortegano off waivers from the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  He will report to Minor League camp. In 2010 with Triple-A Gwinnett and Single-A Myrtle Beach, he combined to go 5-15 with a 5.98 ERA. 
  • A.J. Burnett allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday pitching to a lineup of Class-A Phillies batters. He surrendered six hits, walked three and struck out eight in a 94-pitch outing, throwing to Austin Romine.
  • Steve Garrison and Ryan Pope were optioned to Double-A Trenton. Eric Wordekemper was reassigned to Minor League camp after Wednesday’s game. 

Yankees make more cuts

The Yankees continued to trim their roster on Wednesday, optioning outfielder Greg Golson to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while re-assigning catcher Jose Gil, outfielder Jordan Parraz and infielder Jorge Vazquez to Minor League camp.
In addition, the Yankees announced that infielder Brandon Laird, infielder Kevin Russo and outfielder Melky Mesa will report to Minor League camp. Those players had been optioned to Triple-A on March 16. 
Yankees manager Joe Girardi has said that he plans to have all roster decisions finalized by Monday.

Vice President Biden watches Yankees workout

Vice President Joe Biden was on the infield grass at George M. Steinbrenner Field this afternoon, watching as the Yankees went through a workout before tonight’s game against the Blue Jays.

Wearing a Yankees cap, Biden spoke with manager Joe Girardi as well as David Wells, Ron Guidry and Gene Monahan, among others. 
While they spoke, the Yankees were working on fielding bunts and pickoffs in front of an audience that also included several Secret Service members.
The VP is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson today in Tampa.

Yanks hopeful Granderson can play Opening Day

The Yankees are hopeful Curtis Granderson’s strained oblique won’t force him to miss Opening Day.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Wednesday that Granderson is receiving treatment with trainer Gene Monahan and that there is optimism the strain isn’t severe enough to keep him out much longer than a few days.
“I believe there’s a chance he’s going to play Opening Day,” Girardi said.
The Yankees have told Granderson that there is no need to rush back, however, and no tests have been scheduled. Girardi said that Granderson claimed he felt sore in the affected area, as though it was the first day he’d worked out. 
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