Brian Cashman speaks on the Yankees' recent 40-man roster moves
-Regarding the two new position-player acquisitions, Cashman said that the Yankees look at Vernon Wells as their everyday left fielder – meaning that everyone else in camp, as the GM said, “is fighting for support positions” – while there is no intention of sending Lyle Overbay to Triple-A if he doesn’t make the team.
“He got released so I just gave him basically a three-day contract; come on over (and) we’ll take a quick peek,” Cashman said. “Our scouts have watched some of the stuff he’s been doing while he was with the Red Sox, so he’ll get a three-day, NBA-style contract on the Minor League side.”
-In terms of Overbay’s future, Cashman said he wasn’t sure if the team would carry both the lefty and Juan Rivera as a platoon to replace Mark Teixeira, saying “we’re first trying to see what (Overbay) is, in a very quick look.”
-As for Teixeira, he is not a candidate to be placed on the 60-day disabled list, no matter how many 40-man roster spots the Yankees need to open prior to his return.
“Right now he has a strong belief that, if everything goes right, he’ll be ready in May and hopefully early May,” Cashman said of Teixeira. Doesn’t guarantee it. He may not be ready in May. It may not be until toward the end of May. It might be in June. But I’m not going to all of a sudden put ourselves in a position where he’s ready the second week of May, but I’ve got to wait for it now. I can’t do that. Those games are too important.”
-Infielder David Adams was the one removed from the 40-man roster to accommodate Wells on Tuesday, and Cashman said that injuries played a big role in the team’s decision to release the 25-year-old – but he also highly praised Adams, leading belief that the Yankees could look to re-sign him once he clears release waivers.
“He’s been banged up and hurt,” Cashman said. “When he’s healthy, I know he can swing the bat. It’s just if he can stay healthy and on the field and what kind of defense given the injuries he’s had that he can provide. But he’s a gamer. He’s a tough cookie, high makeup guy, and (we) love the bat.”
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