Okajima fails physical, will not be in camp with Yankees


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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  1. Matt DiBari says:

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

  2. Jimmy Page says:

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

    • Tom Zig says:

      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.

  3. G says:

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

  4. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    too much wanton. this guy could have been jeremy lin

  5. Johnny says:

    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 says:

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

  6. Virgil Earp says:

    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.

  7. BronxBombers98 says:

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

  8. SevenAces says:

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

  9. Bronx Byte says:

    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.

  10. Women's Lib is Ms.Guided says:

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

  11. G says:

    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 says:

      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.

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