TIMMY CLEARS WAIVERS…NOW A FREE AGENT

Tebow clears waivers, now a free agent

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 29 minutes ago

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NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Tebow is free to sign with any NFL team that might want him.

The popular but polarizing quarterback cleared waivers Tuesday, a day after being let go by the Jets following an embarrassingly unsuccessful year in New York.

Tebow is now a free agent, but his NFL future is uncertain. It was expected he would clear waivers since a team would have had to pick up the remainder of Tebow’s contract, about $1.9 million over the next two seasons.

The Jets must still pay the Broncos, from whom they acquired Tebow in March 2012, $1.53 million as a result of their trade agreement.

It’s unclear if any NFL team will give Tebow an opportunity for next season. His inaccurate passing, in addition to the relentless media attention he draws, makes for a tricky mix.

The Omaha Beef, an indoor football team, have offered him to play for them, as have the Orlando Predators of the Arena League. The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League hold his rights, but general manager Jim Popp said he could come compete for a job – as a backup.

It’s quite a fall for Tebow, who led the Broncos to the postseason in 2011, but became expendable when Denver signed Peyton Manning as a free agent. The Jets acquired him for a fourth-round draft pick and $1.5 million in salary, and he was expected to be a vital part of New York’s offense. Instead, it was a miserable season for Tebow as the Jets failed to find an effective way to use him, and he didn’t impress Rex Ryan and his coaching staff enough in practice to force them to give him more playing time. Tebow was also leapfrogged by third-stringer Greg McElroy when starter Mark Sanchez was benched for a game late in the season.

”We really didn’t take advantage, in my opinion, of his skill set,” Ryan said on ESPN Radio on Tuesday. ”It’s nobody’s fault. Ultimately, it’s my fault.”

Tebow attempted eight passes and completed six for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards – and stunningly had no touchdowns.

New general manager John Idzik said on ESPN Radio and later during a conference call with Jets season ticket holders that the team never asked Tebow to switch positions from quarterback. Some have suggested that Tebow’s best chance at remaining in the NFL would be to become a tight end or fullback.

”While I was here, he was slated as a quarterback,” Idzik said.

Tebow’s fate with the Jets was sealed when the Jets drafted former West Virginia star Geno Smith in the second round last Friday night, giving them the team six quarterbacks at the time.

Idzik said Smith will compete with Sanchez, McElroy, David Garrard and Matt Simms for the starting job this season.

GRANDERSON NEAR REHAB…TEX TARGETS JUNE

Granderson near rehab stint; Tex targets June

By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com | 04/30/2013 7:15 PM ET

NYY@PHI: Teixeira doubles to drive in Ichiro

NEW YORK — The Yankees are hopeful that Curtis Granderson will rejoin their lineup at some point in May, but it seems likely that Mark Teixeira will have to wait until June.

Granderson is continuing to take batting practice at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa, Fla., and he could soon progress to Minor League rehabilitation games, as manager Joe Girardi said that Granderson is “pretty close” to full action.

The same cannot be said for Teixeira, who has been taking dry swings for nearly two weeks but has not received clearance to advance. As such, Girardi said that he does not expect to have the first baseman back before the end of May.

“He hasn’t even started taking batting practice or hitting off a tee yet,” Girardi said. “To me, [a May return] would be pretty rushed, in my mind.”

Teixeira had circled May 1 as a possible return date, but he backed off that projection last week.

“Still swinging, working up to full speed,” Teixeira tweeted on Tuesday. “I never realized how hard and violent I swung until I got hurt. Getting better but need patience!”

Girardi said that he expects to see Granderson cleared to play in extended spring games shortly, and the outfielder is also likely to play in games for at least one of the Yanks’ Minor League farm affiliates.

“I anticipate that it’s going to be fairly soon,” Girardi said. “I’m going to listen to what they have to say about him today, I’ll listen to what they say about him tomorrow and see if it’s possible by the weekend, late this week or early next week. But he is getting closer.”

Joseph’s work pays off with callup to Yankees

STL@NYY: Joseph stops McElroy’s grounder

NEW YORK — Corban Joseph’s call to the big leagues came late on Monday, as the Yankees summoned the infielder to the Bronx to replace the injured Kevin Youkilis on the active roster.

“It’s crazy,” the 24-year-old Joseph said. “It’s almost like all of your hard work is finally paying off and you get to enjoy it with your family and your friends that kind of supported you along the way.”

A fourth-round selection of the Yankees in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Joseph played mostly second base at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre but will be asked to fill a backup role with New York, also filling in at third base and first base.

“I’m going to give him a chance to play some,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He has to be prepared to play three of the four [infield] positions. I’ll give him a chance to play.

“He’s played mostly second in his career; we’ve got a pretty good second baseman over there [in Robinson Cano] that I’m probably not going to sit too many days. But I’m going to get [Joseph] in there.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Joseph was promoted because he is on the club’s 40-man roster, and that Joseph is most comfortable on the right side of the infield.

The Yankees would have also considered promoting infielder David Adams, but Cashman said Adams is not eligible to move up until May 15 because he was released and then re-signed by the Yankees, so Adams’ loss may have been Joseph’s gain.

“It’s hard to explain because you’ve always wondered what it’s like,” Joseph said. “This is the first time that I’ve ever been called up. There’s a lot of adrenaline and excitement and random emotions that you think about the years that you’ve put the hard work in and how much it has paid off just to get this one chance. It’s a great opportunity.”

Nuno won’t soon forget memories from debut

HOU@NYY: Nuno hurls three scoreless innings in debut

NEW YORK — The baseball stuffed into Vidal Nuno’s suitcase will serve as indelible proof that he was here, a treasured keepsake to be shipped to his California home as a permanent reminder that the miles covered on this long journey were worth it.

Nuno made his big league debut for the Yankees on Monday, tossing three scoreless innings of relief in New York’s 9-1 loss to the Astros. He saved the ball from his first big league strikeout, a swinging “K” of Chris Carter in the eighth inning.

“It’s going to be up in my room next to my bed so I can know I pitched in the Major Leagues,” Nuno said. “Or I could give it to my dad, and it’s like, ‘Thank you very much for teaching me how to play baseball.’ Either way, it’s going to be in the family, in the house.”

Nuno’s path to the Majors is an interesting one. A 48th-round Draft pick of the Indians in 2008 from Baker University in Kansas, Nuno washed out of Cleveland’s chain and played six weeks of independent ball for the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League in 2011 before attracting the attention of a Yankees scout.

“It’s young guys that got a shot in pro ball and got released,” Nuno said. “It’s good competition out there. They try to make it and try to get scouted. Long bus rides; the longest one was about 10 hours. It’s a long journey on the bus, but it’s all worth it. You still get to keep the uniform on and keep playing. That’s what most guys want to do.”

A soft-tossing left-hander who relies heavily on his changeup, Nuno throws strikes and has gained a reputation for attacking hitters, qualities that helped him advance through the Yankees’ system.

Nuno was 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA in four starts this year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after narrowly missing out on making the big league squad following a stellar spring.

Nuno tried to listen as much as possible to lefties like CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte this spring, and he is hoping to try to put some of that knowledge to use now that he has finally made it to The Show.

“It was a long journey,” Nuno said. “Every day I’m just glad to be around baseball, around my teammates. We have a good time. It’s just another day at work instead of working a 9-to-5 job. I’m having a great time.”

Bombers bits

• As part of his ‘Mo’ment of Thanks farewell tour, Mariano Rivera met with 20 of the Yankees’ longest season-ticket holders on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, conducting a Q&A session. Each participant received a baseball autographed by Rivera.

• On this date in 1923, the Yankees signed 19-year-old Lou Gehrig to a professional contract out of Columbia University. On this date in 1939, Gehrig played in the last of his 2,130 consecutive games, going 0-for-4 in a 3-2 loss to the Senators at Yankee Stadium. Gehrig asked manager Joe McCarthy to be removed from the lineup on May 2 at Detroit and would not play in another Major League game.

YANKEES TO SGN MATSUISON

Yankees to sign Hideki Matsui

The Yankees will sign OF Hideki Matsui to a ceremonial one-day contract.
The Yankees will sign OF Hideki Matsui to a ceremonial one-day contract.
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The New York Yankees have “plans in the works” to sign fan favorite Hideki Matsui to a one-day contract in order to allow him to ceremoniously retire as a member of the team he spent seven seasons with, reported the New York Post’s George King on Monday. Matsui previously had announced that he was finished playing baseball during the offseason.

Known in Japan as “Godzilla,” Matsui entered the league at 29 years old back in 2003 and played in every regular season game during his first three years. He played a total of 916 games in pinstripes, producing a .292 batting average and swatting 140 home runs. After leaving New York, Matsui spent time with the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, and Tampa Bay Rays.

Though no official date has been announced for Matsui’s ceremonial retirement, it seems likely to be held on July 28, when the New York Yankees will host “Hideki Matsui Bobblehead Day” at Yankee Stadium.

YOUK TO DL…CORBAN JOSEPH UP

Report: Kevin Youkilis to Disabled List and Corban Joseph Up from the Minors

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The inevitable has finally happened.

The New York Yankees have decided to place third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list with a stiff lower back that has been bothering him for over a week, reports Mike Axisa of CBSSports.com. In his place, Corban Joseph has been called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It will be his first stint with a major league team.

Because Youkilis was able to play on Saturday (he missed seven games before that date and missed two more afterwards), the Yankees will only be able to set his disabled list retroactive to the last game he played. This makes him eligible to return on Saturday, May 11 when the Yankees play the second game of a three-game series in Kansas City against the Royals.

Youkilis had been hitting well in his first season with the Yankees. Signed as a free agent during the offseason, he’s compiled a line of .279/.353/.443 with two home runs and seven RBI.

Joseph will get his first taste of the big leagues with the call-up. He was off to a solid start in Triple-A, hitting .273/.347/.477 with four home runs and nine RBI. For his career in the minors, he’s a .282/.365/.430 hitter.

Primarily a second baseman, Joseph has played 43 career games at third base. He’s made 10 errors in that small sample size, and the last appearance he made there was in 2010 with the Low-A Tampa Yankees.

He may be asked to play some third base in Youkilis’ absence. With Robinson Cano firmly entrenched at second, at-bats for Joseph at that position will be few and far between. He’s never played an inning at shortstop, so Joe Girardi would likely not even consider putting the youngster there.

While Youkilis will obviously be back at his spot when he’s healthy, Joseph could stick around with the big club if he proves he can handle the majors. Jayson Nix currently occupies the reserve infielder’s role, but he provides little offensively.

If Joseph’s success at the plate in the minors can translate to major league pitching, then he could take Nix’s spot on the roster.

Youkilis’ injury isn’t great news for the Yankees, but I know I’m happy to see another young kid get a shot. Joseph looked like he had promise in spring training, so it should be interesting to see what he can provide when the games count.

JOSEPH’S STAS BELOW:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2008 19 Yankees GULF Rk NYY 49 183 159 25 44 15 2 2 18 2 5 20 24 .277 .359 .434 .793 69 1 1 2 1 0
2009 20 Charleston SALL A NYY 100 436 380 39 114 17 8 4 57 8 5 49 61 .300 .381 .418 .799 159 5 3 0 4 1
2010 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA NYY 129 567 492 63 139 33 7 6 65 6 8 58 107 .283 .362 .415 .776 204 6 7 3 7 5
2010 21 Tampa FLOR A+ NYY 98 437 381 52 115 27 3 6 52 5 8 43 74 .302 .378 .436 .814 166 6 7 1 5 5
2010 21 Trenton EL AA NYY 31 130 111 11 24 6 4 0 13 1 0 15 33 .216 .305 .342 .647 38 0 0 2 2 0
2011 22 Trenton EL AA NYY 131 564 499 75 138 38 8 5 58 4 3 59 104 .277 .353 .415 .768 207 11 1 3 2 0
2012 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA NYY 107 488 413 59 114 29 2 15 62 0 1 68 70 .276 .375 .465 .840 192 7 0 3 4 1
2012 23 Trenton EL AA NYY 23 102 86 9 27 4 0 2 6 0 0 15 13 .314 .412 .430 .842 37 0 0 0 1 0
2012 23 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre IL AAA NYY 84 386 327 50 87 25 2 13 56 0 1 53 57 .266 .366 .474 .840 155 7 0 3 3 1
2013 24 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre IL AAA NYY 22 98 88 16 24 6 0 4 9 1 0 10 18 .273 .347 .477 .824 42 1 0 0 0 1
6 Seasons 538 2336 2031 277 573 138 27 36 269 21 22 264 384 .282 .365 .430 .795 873 31 12 11 18 8
AA (3 seasons) AA 185 796 696 95 189 48 12 7 77 5 3 89 150 .272 .353 .405 .758 282 11 1 5 5 0
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 106 484 415 66 111 31 2 17 65 1 1 63 75 .267 .362 .475 .836 197 8 0 3 3 2
A (1 season) A 100 436 380 39 114 17 8 4 57 8 5 49 61 .300 .381 .418 .799 159 5 3 0 4 1
Rk (1 season) Rk 49 183 159 25 44 15 2 2 18 2 5 20 24 .277 .359 .434 .793 69 1 1 2 1 0
A+ (1 season) A+ 98 437 381 52 115 27 3 6 52 5 8 43 74 .302 .378 .436 .814 166 6 7 1 5 5

I watched a lot of Joseph’s at bats in Spring Traing and I was not impressed.  He has shown some power.  Most Yankees fan’s want  David Adams whom is younger and right handed batter.  Adams was left off the 40 man roster and cannot be brought up.

Adam;s Stats below:
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2008 21 Staten Island NYPL A- NYY 67 297 257 45 66 19 2 4 31 8 2 32 57 .257 .350 .393 .743 101 6 6 0 2 0
2009 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ NYY 132 569 490 69 140 40 8 7 75 11 8 61 88 .286 .373 .443 .816 217 16 11 1 6 1
2009 22 Charleston SALL A NYY 67 304 259 32 75 23 2 0 34 8 4 35 49 .290 .385 .394 .779 102 7 7 0 3 0
2009 22 Tampa FLOR A+ NYY 65 265 231 37 65 17 6 7 41 3 4 26 39 .281 .360 .498 .858 115 9 4 1 3 1
2010 23 Trenton EL AA NYY 39 173 152 31 47 15 3 3 32 5 2 18 31 .309 .393 .507 .900 77 4 3 0 0 0
2011 24 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A+ NYY 29 121 108 19 40 12 0 1 15 2 3 9 18 .370 .421 .509 .931 55 3 2 0 2 0
2011 24 Yankees GULF Rk NYY 17 64 56 13 24 9 0 1 11 2 1 5 10 .429 .469 .643 1.112 36 1 1 0 2 0
2011 24 Tampa FLOR A+ NYY 12 57 52 6 16 3 0 0 4 0 2 4 8 .308 .368 .365 .734 19 2 1 0 0 0
2012 25 Trenton EL AA NYY 86 383 327 44 100 23 0 8 48 3 1 38 53 .306 .385 .450 .834 147 12 9 1 8 0
2013 26 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre IL AAA NYY 14 60 52 9 17 4 0 1 4 0 0 8 11 .327 .417 .462 .878 24 1 0 0 0 0
6 Seasons 367 1603 1386 217 410 113 13 24 205 29 16 166 258 .296 .379 .448 .827 621 42 31 2 18 1
AA (2 seasons) AA 125 556 479 75 147 38 3 11 80 8 3 56 84 .307 .387 .468 .855 224 16 12 1 8 0
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 77 322 283 43 81 20 6 7 45 3 6 30 47 .286 .361 .473 .835 134 11 5 1 3 1
A (1 season) A 67 304 259 32 75 23 2 0 34 8 4 35 49 .290 .385 .394 .779 102 7 7 0 3 0
Rk (1 season) Rk 17 64 56 13 24 9 0 1 11 2 1 5 10 .429 .469 .643 1.112 36 1 1 0 2 0
A- (1 season) A- 67 297 257 45 66 19 2 4 31 8 2 32 57 .257 .350 .393 .743 101 6 6 0 2 0
AAA (1 season) AAA 14 60 52 9 17 4 0 1 4 0 0 8 11 .327 .417 .462 .878 24 1 0 0 0 0

YANKEES ROSTER MOVES

Yankees make roster moves

Vidal Nuno has been promoted after Ivan Nova's injury
Vidal Nuno has been promoted after Ivan Nova’s injury
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The New York Yankees made a few roster moves on Saturday morning to counter the injuries suffered by Francisco Cervelli and Ivan Nova in Friday night’s win over the Toronto Blue Jays. With Cervelli out at least six weeks with a broken hand, catching prospect Austin Romine was recalled from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Romine first made his major league debut in September of 2011, but missed most of the 2012 season with a back injury. Romine had been off to a great start in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, producing a .333/.391/.457 batting line in 14 games.

Joining Romine in the Bronx will be left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno. The 25-year-old nearly made the Yankees out of spring training, but instead was shuttled to the minor leagues due to not being on the 40-man roster. While in Scranton, Nuno pitched 23.1 innings over four starts. He led the RailRiders in WHIP (0.64) and wins (2) while holding to a 1.54 ERA. He told clubhouse reporters on Saturday that the plan was for him to be used in long relief.

In a corresponding move, shortstop Derek Jeter was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Nuno on the 40-man roster.

DID YANKS MAKE MISTAKE ON YOUKILIS INJURY?

 
April 30, 2013 5:42 PM

Did Yankees make a mistake with Youk injury?

BY Mark Feinsand

Had the Yankees simply placed Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list over the weekend, he would be eligible to return in about a week. But he played Saturday, reaggravating the balky back that had bothered him since April 20.

What does that mean? The Yankees will now be without their third baseman until at least May 13. Did the Yankees make a mistake? Listening to Brian Cashman speak Tuesday, it certainly seems as though he wishes they had done things differently.

“I think playing him on Saturday was a mistake by everybody involved,” Cashman said. “He had six days off, he felt he was ready, he played. He slid into first base and he’s still balky from it. What we normally do is on a rehab basis, you shut a guy down for six days and if he doesn’t respond to that then you double it. We’ve given him an epidural, we’re going to double it and put him on the DL.”

Cashman didn’t put the onus on Youkilis, Joe Girardi or anyone else. He said it was a team decision, and thus, the team will have to live with the consequences.

“You do the fire drill, go through it (with the) trainers, manager, coaches, player, doctor, front office – everybody is involved,” Cashman said. “If it works, you don’t look back. If it doesn’t work, you have regret. If we could do it all over again, we would not have played him Saturday. I knew when CC fell off the mound the way he did and didn’t get over, he had to slide into first base. His facial expression from that point on, I was like, ‘We’re going to have a problem.’ And we did.

“Again, there are a lot of people involved in the process. Even not knowing Youk very well, but knowing Youk from afar, he’s someone that’s just a tough guy. It is what it is; you can’t turn it back. But if you’re asking me if we could do it all over again, would we do it differently? The answer is of course, yes. The normal rehab protocols are when someone fails in a rest period – he had six days – you usually double it. Now we’ll double it with an epidural.”

 
 
   
   
 
     
     
     
     

YANKEES DEFEAT ASTROS

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A DISGRACEFUL LOSS…YES YOU ARE SEEING IT

New York Yankees
15-10, 2nd in AL Eastern Division
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Monday, April 29, 7:05 PM (ET)

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Yankees
(15-10)
9 – 1
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Astros 3 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 9 17 0
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 1

AWAITING RESULTS ON YOUK

Awaiting results, Yanks don’t regret playing Youk

By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com | 04/29/2013 7:15 PM ET

NYY@TOR: Youkilis shows off quick reflexes with grab

NEW YORK — The Yankees are waiting to receive the results of an MRI exam taken on Kevin Youkilis’ stiff lower back, which will determine the next course of action the team takes with the infielder.

Youkilis returned to action on Saturday but felt more discomfort in his back after waking up on Sunday.

“It was just one of those things waking up, and I didn’t feel right,” Youkilis said. “Sometimes, after your adrenaline’s gone, things occur to you. We’ve just got to find out what’s going on.”

Youkilis has dealt with back issues in the past. He missed 14 games with back stiffness in 2011 and another 22 games last season with back tightness while with the Red Sox.

“You’ve got to suck it up sometimes — you’ve got play through things,” Youkilis said. “I thought I could play through it. I just didn’t feel right after [Saturday], so I didn’t play the next day.”

Because Youkilis played on Saturday, the Yankees lost the ability to backdate his injury to the Toronto series, when he initially felt the discomfort and missed action, but manager Joe Girardi said he did not have second thoughts about playing Youkilis.

“None whatsoever,” Girardi said. “The player told us he was ready to go, and we put him in.”

Yankees applaud NBA’s Collins for courage

NEW YORK — The three television screens in the Yankees’ clubhouse were tuned to coverage of Monday’s top sports story, as NBA player Jason Collins became the first active athlete in the four major American sports to come out as gay.

Collins’ announcement drew many supportive and encouraging responses from the sports world, and at Yankee Stadium, several members of the Yankees’ roster said that they believe Major League Baseball would also be ready to accept an openly gay player.

“I believe as men and women, we’re called to love others [regardless of] their race, their religion, their thought process, whatever they do,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re not called to judge. I think part of judging people is probably what gets us in a lot of trouble in the world.

“As far as me personally, he’s a player — he’s a man. My job is to be his friend and love him. If I was his manager, it’s to get the most out of him. If I was a player, I always felt it was as a player to be the best teammate that I could be. That’s the bottom line.”

Collins, a veteran center who has been in the NBA since 2001 and most recently played for the Washington Wizards, revealed his sexuality in a column published on Monday by Sports Illustrated.

“Good for him — he can be honest and not have to live a lie,” Yankees ace CC Sabathia said. “It’s tough for somebody to come out and do that, be the first guy. I’m sure it took him a while to come out with it and be good with it.”

“It’s his life, and if he felt that was the best thing to do in his life, that’s a good thing,” Yankees infielder Kevin Youkilis added. “If he feels at ease in life, that’s a good thing for him.”

Girardi said that he believes MLB “will handle it well” if and when a player comes out. It is also possible, as outfielder Vernon Wells suggested, that other active athletes have come out but did not announce their decision to the media.

“Maybe it did [happen]; maybe you guys didn’t hear about it, not publicly,” Wells said. “If someone comes out, they come out and it takes a strong person to do it. He’s going to have to deal with a bunch of different things from a media standpoint, whatever it may be. If it happens, it happens.”

Several Yankees said that they did not believe having a gay teammate would create an issue in the clubhouse.

“It wouldn’t be a big deal for me,” Youkilis said. “Like I’ve said, everyone’s different ethnic groups, religions all come into one room. We’re all one team and we’re trying to win. I’m here to win and that’s all I care about.”

Sabathia also said that it may be easier for a future player to be comfortable announcing his sexuality because of Collins’ statement.

“I think so, now that he’s already been the first current player,” Sabathia said. “I think it’ll be a little easier for somebody else.”

Girardi not restricting Romine behind plate

Top Prospects: Austin Romine, C, Yankees

NEW YORK — As a young catcher making his first start of the year at the big league level, Austin Romine said that drawing an Andy Pettitte outing should help ease his transition back into pinstripes.

“He knows what he’s doing; he knows how to call his own game,” Romine said. “I still take a lot of pride in knowing how to pitch to guys and going over the reports of a team. I want to be ready for any situation that’s thrown at me.”

Romine got his first nod of the year behind the plate on Monday against the Astros, putting down the signs for Pettitte. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he would “absolutely not” call pitches for Romine, preferring that he and Pettitte work together.

“Andy is pretty good about taking other players under his wing and letting them know what he wants to do,” Girardi said. “He’s not going to get flustered out there if they don’t get in a rhythm right away. I think for that, it works pretty well.”

Romine was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after catcher Francisco Cervelli suffered a fractured right hand on Friday. In 14 games at Triple-A, Romine was batting .333 with a homer and four RBIs.

Though he worked with most of the Yankees’ pitchers during Spring Training, Romine spent the last two days in the bullpen to get further reacclimated and said that he believes he has developed since making his big league debut in September 2011.

“I think I’m a little more calm out there,” Romine said. “I know what to expect. I think that’s going to allow me to slow the game down a little bit and actually think a little bit more. I’m excited.”

Healing Cervelli to adjust position of bare hand

TOR@NYY: Cervelli hit in hand by foul tip, exits game

NEW YORK — Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli said that after sustaining a fractured right hand on a foul tip last week, he will adjust where he keeps his throwing hand behind the plate without runners on base.

“I’m going to have the time to practice because these kind of things cannot happen anymore,” Cervelli said on Monday. “I’m going try to catch with my hand [behind] my back. It’s been all my career like that, but I don’t need another fracture.”

Cervelli was clipped by a tip off the bat of the Blue Jays’ Rajai Davis in the first inning of Friday’s game and said he knew immediately that the hand was broken.

“The funny thing is, that at-bat — because I know Davis hits a lot of foul balls — I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to hide my hand a little bit,'” Cervelli said. “And on that pitch, boom, got it.”

The Yankees have estimated that Cervelli will need a minimum of six weeks to recover.

“I think today it’s five weeks and five days,” Cervelli said. “I’m counting. Tomorrow is four days. I heal very fast. I’ve just got to stay positive.”

Cervelli said that he had a plate inserted into his right hand, which now accompanies a couple of screws that Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser put in Cervelli’s right forearm during a 2008 procedure.

“So I’m a robot now,” Cervelli said.

MLB 25 ROSTERS FOR /4/29/13

New York Yankees 25-Man Roster

This New York Yankees 25-Man Roster was accurate as of 4/29/2013. Note that 25-man rosters may be odd-looking at times, or contain more or less than 25 actual players, especially in the spring and offseason. For more on the official rules regarding 25-man rosters and MLB eligibility, see MLB’s Official Rulebook or the very excellent Wikipedia entry on MLB transaction rules.

This page is updated every day or two during the season, and approximately weekly in the offseason.

Posn Player Bat / Th
C Chris Stewart R / R
C Austin Romine R / R
DH Travis Hafner L / R
IF Kevin Youkilis R / R
IF Lyle Overbay L / L
IF Eduardo Nunez R / R
IF Jayson Nix R / R
IF Robinson Cano L / R
OF Vernon Wells R / R
OF Ichiro Suzuki L / R
OF Brett Gardner L / L
OF Ben Francisco R / R
OF Brennan Boesch L / L
P Adam Warren R / R
P CC Sabathia L / L
P David Robertson R / R
P Mariano Rivera R / R
P David Phelps R / R
P Andy Pettitte L / L
P Vidal Nuno L / L
P Boone Logan R / L
P Hiroki Kuroda R / R
P Shawn Kelley R / R
P Phil Hughes R / R
P Joba Chamberlain R / R