NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — In need of another healthy infielder by opening day, the New York Yankees have acquired Gregorio Petit from the Houston Astros for cash.
The teams announced the deal Wednesday night. New York says Petit will report to major league camp.
Petit batted .278 with two homers and nine RBIs in 37 games with the Astros last season. He played in 85 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .297 with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs.
Petit has also played for Oakland (2008-09) and is a .278 career hitter in 62 big league games.
Four days after Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius got hurt, backup Brendan Ryan strained his right calf during Wednesday’s spring training game against Tampa Bay. He is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.
Gregorius had been sidelined since spraining his left wrist diving for a grounder Saturday. He is scheduled to return Thursday.
WARREN WINS JOB
Adam Warren has beaten out Esmil Rogers, Bryan Mitchell and Chase Whitley as the Yankees’ fifth starter, as expected. Manager Joe Girardi made it official on Wednesday afternoon.
The 27-year-old right-hander went 3-6 with a 2.97 ERA in 69 relief appearances last year. He’s been impressive at camp with a 2.70 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 16.2 exhibition innings.
“I think part of that is he has more confidence in himself, and he understands he can do it,” Girardi said. “I think whenever you’re a young player and you come up for the first time, something goes wrong and you’re going to question a little bit. But I think he knows he has the ability to do it now.”
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