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Yankees announce series of roster cuts

Five position players and seven pitchers optioned or reassigned to minors
03/27/2014 10:32 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
On Thursday morning, the Yankees officially announced a slew of roster moves from the past week, which collectively all but shore up the final few competitions left for roster spots.

According to the release, four players on the 40-man roster have been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; catchers John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine were optioned as of Tuesday, and RHP Preston Claiborne and outfielder Zoilo Almonte were sent down on Wednesday.

In addition, eight non-roster invitees have been reassigned to minor-league camp; infielders Russ Canzler and Scott Sizemore and RHPs David Herndon, Jim Miller, and Yoshinori Tateyama were sent out as of Wednesday, while RHPs Danny Burawa and Chris Leroux and LHP Fred Lewis were reassigned Thursday morning.

Discounting Brendan Ryan (who will start the season on the disabled list) and the rehabbing Andrew Bailey, the moves leave the Yankees with 33 players left in camp, only five of which are non-roster invitees.

As far as a possible opening day roster is concerned, the moves confirm that Francisco Cervelli will be the backup catcher, narrow the race for the final two bench spots down to four players - Eduardo Nunez, Dean Anna, Yangervis Solarte, and Zelous Wheeler - and eliminate roughly half of the competition for the three open bullpen spots.

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