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Ramirez designated for assignment

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 28, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

To make room for Chan Ho Park on the 40-man roster, the Yankees have designated Edwar Ramirez for assignment. Here’s the full press release announcing the move.

The New York Yankees today announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Chan Ho Park to a one-year Major League contract. He has joined the team today at spring training camp in Tampa, Fla.

Park, 36, owns a career record of 120-95 with a 4.35 ERA in 423 games (287 starts) over 16 Major League seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1994-2001, ‘08), Texas Rangers (2002-05), San Diego Padres (2005-06), New York Mets (2007) and Philadelphia Phillies (2009). He has won at least 10 games in a season at least six times in his career, including three seasons of 15-or-more victories (1998, 2000 and 2001).

He became the first-ever Korean-born player to appear in a Major League game on April 8, 1994 vs. Atlanta (w/ Los Angeles-NL) and is the first native of South Korea signed by the Yankees. His 120 career victories are second-most all-time among Asian-born pitchers behind only Japan’s Hideo Nomo (123 wins).

In 2009, Park went 3-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 games (seven starts) with the National League-champion Philadelphia Phillies. He made his season debut in relief, and then made seven starts from April 12-May 17 before returning to the bullpen for his final 37 outings of the season. Overall, Park posted a 2-2 record with a 2.52 ERA (50.0IP, 14ER) as a reliever, tossing more than 1.0 inning in 13 of his 38 relief outings.

Park owns 13 career postseason appearances, going 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA (10.1IP, 3ER), including 3.1 scoreless innings in the 2009 World Series vs. the Yankees. He was named to the 2001 National League All-Star team as a member of the Dodgers.

In order to make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Edwar Ramirez was designated for assignment.

• Beautiful day here in Tampa. Much nicer than yesterday, which means CC Sabathia should finally be able to face some hitters. Not sure which group of hitters he’ll be facing, but he’s scheduled to be the second pitcher throwing on the main field, after Joba Chamberlain and before Phil Hughes.

• As indicated in the previous post, Park will do long toss today and expects to throw a bullpen tomorrow.

• Pitchers throwing live batting practice:
Field 1: Chamberlain, Sabathia, Hughes, Logan, McAllister, Nova, Noesi
Field 2: Igawa, Moseley, Mitchell, Melancon, Bleich, Whelan

• Ramirez was scheduled to throw on Field 2, but I’m assuming that’s no longer in the cards.

• Defensive assignments are the same as yesterday: Granderson LF, Hoffmann CF, Gardner LF, Laird 1B, Winfree LF, Nunez 3B, Thames RF, Winn LF, Golson CF, Corona 2B, Gorecki LF, Pena 3B, Curtis LF, Russo 3B, Weber RF.





41 Responses to “Ramirez designated for assignment”

  1. teddy February 28th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    well edwar had to know this coming. too bad edwar never had a good fastball to go wuth his changeup

  2. Carl February 28th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Bye Bye Edwar.

  3. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    That’s the right move.

  4. KennyH123 February 28th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    “He has won at least 10 games in a season at least six times in his career.”

    Uh, he’s won 10 or more games AT LEAST six times in his career? Is that supposed to mean it might be more than six? Cuz I’m pretty sure its exactly six. Someone gets paid to write these press releases? Geez.

  5. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Too bad he couldn’t throw a second decent pitch.

    Good luck, E-Ram.

  6. Erin February 28th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Best of luck to Edwar

  7. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    As long as Park never starts, I’m OK with the move.

  8. Carl February 28th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Yankees should have DFAed Jesus Montero, or Jeter. We need the pitching.

  9. Phil the Thrill February 28th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Adios, Edwar!

  10. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 28th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Best of luck to Edwar. Sure that he’ll catch on with another team.

  11. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 28th, 2010 at 12:15 pm


    I will keep your mom in my prayers.

  12. mick February 28th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Betsy, you still use a VCR?

    This could be part of the problem. Unload some baggage (tapes) and get a DVR from Cablevision. You will love it,they give you a new remote and it’s easy.

  13. mick February 28th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    A bullpen of Mo, Joba/Phil, Marte, Robo,Aceves, Gaudin,Park and ???,
    who did I forget, should be sufficient.

    Or, if Joba and Phil have equal springs, send Phil down to start every 5th day. I’m sure he will be needed along the way.

  14. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 12:21 pm


    Thank you, darlin, I will take that with the utmost gratititude. You are in mine all the time, y’know! :D

  15. mick February 28th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Since the usual lack of response to anything thought-provoking, I’ll answer myself.

    Assuming neither Phil or Joba is in the pen, could Logan or Wilkin De La Rosa as 2nd leftys fill out the pen?

  16. cano he didnt February 28th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    After I saw Park in the World Series and found out he was a free agent I was hoping the Yanks signed him. He looked great against us in the PS.

  17. BBFan February 28th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Do not say bye to Edwar yet.
    If no other team claims him, he will still be with Yankees, except that he won’t be on 40.

  18. wallypip February 28th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I’m betting that Edwar clears waivers and is retained in Scranton.

  19. gfd February 28th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Did anyone think Edwar wasn’t being moved for Park?

  20. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    “Did anyone think Edwar wasn’t being moved for Park?”

    I thought they may have traded Mitre or Gaudin.

  21. Joe from Long Island February 28th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    That’s right, if no one claims Edwar he can still go to Scranton, though I think he has the right to refuse the assignment.

    Edwar is a triumph of perseverance. He came a long way on pure determination and one, his change. If he only had enough meat on his bones to deliver a ML fastball….

  22. BBFan February 28th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I think the loser of the 5th rotation spot will start in AAA. They will keep both stretched out most of the season. Only after July, one of them will land in the bullpen. Of course, if there are major injuries, like say to MO, then every thing changes. Park’s signing also has something to do with having experienced depth in the BP while Hughes or Joba is starting in the minors.

    My guess is Joba will be the starter in the Majors unless he completely explodes in the spring training.

  23. Joe from Long Island February 28th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    One thing I’ve read, that kind of makes sense, is that the winner of the 5th spot starts the season in Scranton, to get regular work until they need that 5th starter, end of April?

  24. Tom in NJ February 28th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Edwar get claimed by somebody.

  25. Tollan February 28th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    SI: Feds likely to subpoena elite athletes in Galea HGH investigation
    Jose Reyes included

    By David Epstein and Melissa Segura,
    Federal law enforcement officials have alerted a number of world-class athletes to expect grand jury subpoenas in the case against Canadian physician Anthony Galea, three sources familiar with the investigation tell

    While it is unclear which athletes and how many will be subpoenaed, it is an indication that the multi-agency, federal investigation of Galea is progressing. According to a December story in The New York Times, Galea’s medical assistant told investigators that he had administered performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes. The FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Food and Drug Administration investigators are working together on the case. Galea has stated that he did not provide performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. According to two sources familiar with the investigation, law enforcement officials have been in touch with NFL players who have used Galea’s services.

    Galea, who is based in Toronto, faces charges in his native Canada of conspiring to smuggle human growth hormone (HGH) and the drug Actovegin into the U.S., conspiracy to smuggle prohibited goods into Canada, unlawfully selling Actovegin, and smuggling goods into Canada in violation of the Customs Act. The doctor’s client list is elite; it includes Tiger Woods, U.S. Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, Broncos quarterback Chris Simms, former Browns running back Jamal Lewis, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and Donovan Bailey of Canada, who won the 100 meters at the 1996 Olympics. These athletes have acknowledged being treated by Galea but deny receiving any performance-enhancing drugs from him. Known as a progressive if not unorthodox physician, Galea developed a loyal following among athletes for his use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, a legal procedure thought to potentially speed recovery from injury.

    The federal investigation of Galea began Sept. 14, when border guards stopped Galea’s assistant, Mary Anne Catalano, for a vehicle inspection while she was crossing from Canada into Buffalo. Catalano told border officials she was carrying medical supplies. A search yielded vials of HGH, Actovegin-a substance extracted from calf’s blood and thought to have healing properties — a BlackBerry and a laptop with client information. Catalano has been cooperating with Canadian and U.S. law enforcement officials.

    HGH is legal in Canada but tightly regulated in the U.S., where it is approved only for the treatment of AIDS and for children with a growth-hormone deficiency. The drug has become popular, however, with athletes who use it to recover more quickly from injury and to improve stamina. U.S. law prohibits this use and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) classifies HGH as a performance-enhancing drug. Galea has said that the HGH was for his personal use. Actovegin is prohibited for medical use in the U.S. and its uses in Canada are limited. Bringing either drug into the U.S. is illegal.

    HGH is banned by Major League Baseball and by the NFL, but neither league tests for it. The substance is undetectable in urine tests and many U.S. professional leagues have questioned the accuracy and invasiveness of the blood test used to detect the substance. Last week, British rugby player Terry Newton became the first athlete known to have tested positive for HGH. He received a two-year suspension from the sport. The Times reported this week that baseball has taken steps to implement blood testing of minor leaguers — they are not covered by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and thus not covered by the collective bargaining agreement and its protections. MLBPA boss Michael Weiner said this week that discussions on testing Major League Players for HGH is “premature.” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told reporters this week the NFL and its players association have been in talks about HGH testing since January. The six-year-old blood test for HGH has been used by the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee since the 2004 Athens Olympics.

    According to the criminal complaint against her, Catalano told authorities that Galea asked her to smuggle the drugs into the U.S. because, she said, he had had difficulty transporting them in the past. Catalano told investigators that Galea instructed her to say the supplies were for a medical conference and not for patient use. The Times reported in December that Catalano also said Galea provided performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. That information was not in the criminal complaint, and athletes who have been tied to Galea have denied any involvement with substances that are banned in sports. Several professional athletes have publicly identified themselves as patients of Galea, and said that they benefited from working with him.

    One month after federal investigators stopped Catalano at the border, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided Galea’s Institute of Sports Medicine and Wellness Centre in Toronto and arrested him. The Florida Department of Health also launched its own investigation because Galea had flown to the state on four occasions last winter to treat Woods, who was recovering from knee surgery. At a news conference last week, Woods denied use of performance-enhancing drugs.

    Galea is not licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. Jamal Lewis told that Galea has helped keep him healthy in recent years with PRP therapy, but said Galea told him he was aware that he was not supposed to treat patients in the U.S., so Lewis, like other athletes, flew to Canada for treatment.

    Spokesmen for the FBI and ICE declined comment on the case, citing an ongoing investigation. Voicemail and email messages left late Friday afternoon for an FDA spokeswoman in Buffalo were not immediately returned.

  26. pat February 28th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Look at what working out with Mariano in the rain will get you. :sad:

  27. tampayank February 28th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    best of luck to Edwar

  28. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mickey Rivers is a fan favorite at Yankees’ fantasy camps and a team spring training instructor.
    Now “Mick the Quick” would like to work full-time as a minor league instructor.

    “Definitely, I love working with kids,” Rivers said on Saturday. “I think that’s exciting. Show them something different. You want to try and put something together with the kids.”

    Rivers works with both major and minor league outfielders during the spring, and also helps out with baserunning and bunting sessions.

    “What they see here, they probably take it and use through the course of their life,” Rivers said. “It’s a good thing.”

    Have him teach Gardy how to go straight back to the wall and turn around.

    He can also impart his wisdom re bunting and stealing.

  29. Nick Johnson February 28th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Do I regain my old number 36?

  30. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Gardner’s biggest need for coaching is on the basepaths. He’s not nearly aggressive enough in big spots.

  31. pat February 28th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Chan Ho Park cleans up nicely.

    Can you handle the truth? Going back to Philly was his first choice but the rings the thing so he signed with the Yankees.

  32. Melkman is in Hotlanta February 28th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Best wishes Edwar!

  33. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Poor Edwar – I always think it’s sad when someone’s career is on the brink; I hope he finds success elsewhere

    Mick, yes – for the most part. I watch plenty of things on DVD, but I have no clue how to “tape” anything on DVD and even if I had a DVR on the tv in my room, I wouldn’t use it. I’d probably forget about the programs there – when I have tapes, they are physically present so I can’t forget to watch them.

    I can’t say I’m surprised about Moose and Giambi. I never really liked Giambi…..

  34. Nick in SF February 28th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    “I wouldn’t be surprised to see Edwar get claimed by somebody.”

    Nor would I, but I could also see Edwar slipping through the cracks.

  35. pat February 28th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Nick- Well played.

  36. pat February 28th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Cashman said Park isn’t here to compete for a spot. “He’s in our bullpen,”
    2 minutes ago via Seesmic

  37. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Are Nick in SF and Ed Price the same person?


    #Yankees skinny reliever Edwar Ramirez, designated for assignment Sunday, could be first player to literally slip through waivers.

  38. mick February 28th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Betsy, you are intelligent, using a DVR is easier than taping something. You could learn in 5 minutes, it’s all on the remote control, just push a button. No tapes, no mess or clutter. I bet you Erica could teach you over the phone.

  39. ADam February 28th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Next step for edwar… pittsburgh

  40. Awais February 28th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    lol soo it wouldnt be a good idea to hit a homerun off CC during batting practice?

  41. PL February 28th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Edwar will be missed

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