Yankees release infielder Russ Canzler
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.