Via Jon Heyman and Marc Carig, the Yankees have signed right-hander Ramon Ortiz to a minor league contract. The 38-year-old actually got some big league time with the Cubs last summer, pitching to a 4.86 FIP in 33.1 IP. Ortiz was in camp with the Giants this spring, and apparently he was throwing the ball reasonably well. The Yankees needed someone to replace David Phelps in the Triple-A rotation — Manny Delcarmen is scheduled to start Opening Day tomorrow — which is what Ortiz will do.
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