Yankees make first spring roster cuts

03/09/2014 6:28 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Right-handed pitcher Jose Ramirez was sent to Triple-A this afternoon.(AP)
The Yankees made their first cuts of the spring on Sunday afternoon, optioning RHP Jose Ramirez to Triple-A and reassigning LHP Francisco Rondon to minor-league camp.

Both Ramirez and Rondon have been battling injuries, and while Yankees manager Joe Girardi had told the media Friday night that he didn't expect to make any cuts until after the team's upcoming trip to Panama, the reassignments seem to indicate that the organization was unsure that either player would be able to return to the mound in time to help that cause.

Ramirez, 24, had his 2013 season prematurely ended by an oblique injury and had not pitched in a Grapefruit League game yet this season after a recurrence of that. Girardi had said Saturday that the righty, who is on the 40-man roster, was "feeling a lot better," but he wasn't sure when Ramirez would be ready to return to action.

Rondon, 25, pitched in the Yankees' spring-opening exhibition against Florida State University on Feb. 25, but Girardi said he came into the clubhouse a little sore the next day and "might be down for a bit." The skipper then confirmed on Feb. 27 that Rondon would be shut down for at least two weeks because of a shoulder issue that popped up in the exhibition appearance.

The moves leave 65 players in Yankees camp.

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