Okajima fails physical, will not be in camp with Yankees

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Via David Waldstein, left-hander Hideki Okajima has failed his physical and will not be in camp with the Yankees. His minor league deal technically won’t be voided just because it never became official. It was pending the physical, so the agreement is off. If the Yankees want to carry a second lefty in the bullpen this year, the Spring Training competition is down to Mike O’Connor and Rule 5 Draft pick Cesar Cabral (the team’s #29 prospect).

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Burnett headed to Pirates in salary dump trade
Open Thread: 2/17 Camp Notes
  • https://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    I’m still not sure I understand why the Yankees need a second lefty.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      League rules. They take away the trophy is you win the World Series without two lefties.

    • Slugger27

      they dont.

      • https://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

        I’d so much rather a bullpen full of competent righties than watch five relievers pitch the 7th and 8th innings and hope that every single one of them pitch well.

        • Ted Nelson

          Yeah, because all righties are better than all lefties. That’s another MLB rule.

  • Jimmy Page

    Why haven’t they shown any interest in Mike Gonzalez?

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      If you approached Mike Gonzalez back in December with a 1 yr/2mil deal, he’d say no. But now that pitchers and catchers report in less than a week and he’s still unemployed, he might say yes.

  • G

    I’d much rather see them give Cabral a shot anyway.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    too much wanton. this guy could have been jeremy lin

  • Johnny

    An extra lefty would be nice but I don’t think it’s a necessity. It’s just so unfortunate that Marte and Feliciano turned up lame.

    Good (Bad) Idea #79: Teach Robertson to switch-pitch.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I know you say that in jest, but Robertson does actually throw left-handed when shagging balls during batting practice.

  • Virgil Earp

    Good. We don’t want Red Sox castoffs. We’ve got Boone and that’s all we need. It’s going to be hard enough to get in the ballgame with Joba, Hughes, Soriano, Drob, and Mo already in the pen.

  • BronxBombers98

    Its time for Mike Gonzalez to sign his 3 year/ $12 mil deal then

    • David

      And then promptly develop a serious injury and spend extended time on the DL… #CurseoftheLOOGY

  • SevenAces

    Looks like the head jerk thing he does during his delivery has finally gotten to him.

  • Bronx Byte

    Okajima would have needed to seriously turn heads in order to make the Yankees at all.
    Maybe Cherington up in Beansvile can dumpster dive and give Okajima another chance.

  • Women’s Lib is Ms.Guided

    Cabral is legit. I’m happy Okajima failed his physical so a famous name doesn’t get preference.

  • G

    Guys we have a serious problem now. Who’s gonna be Hiroki’s buddy?! We need to sign Matsui now. Don’t give me this “he’s done” bullshit, everyone needs a buddy.

    • BronxBombers98

      Hiroki’s buddy is Russell Martin. He said during an interview that he doesn’t like throwing to anyone else. Besides, Tex is the universal nice guy, he’ll be fine.