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Yankees release infielder Russ Canzler

06/20/2014 4:23 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Yankees third baseman Russ Canzler stretches before a spring game against the Phillies.(AP)
The New York Yankees have released infielder Russ Canzler from his minor-league contract.

The move was announced in a release sent Friday afternoon by the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, for whom Canzler had played this season.

Canzler, 28, was signed to a minor-league deal last October and assigned to Triple-A when he did not win a bench spot with the Yankees during spring training. In 51 games with the RailRiders, Canzler spent time at all four corner positions - and even made his first career pitching appearance at the end of a blowout loss - and hit .266 with two homers, 12 doubles, and 24 RBI.

His release opened a Triple-A roster spot for catcher John Ryan Murphy, who officially reported to the RailRiders after being optioned from the Yankees earlier this week.

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