Marcus Thames has made the Yankees roster as a reserve outfielder. He was told late yesterday and signed his paperwork this morning.
“That was a weight lifted off my shoulders,” he said.
Thames got off to a dreadful start this spring, but he seemed to get things going after a home run off lefty Nate Robertson during a road game against Detroit. He hit another home run the next day, all part of a four-game hitting streak that seemed to get him back on track.
Nothing official from the team, but according to a source, the Yankees have signed Chad Moeller to a minor league contract and will have him backup Jesus Montero in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Moeller was released by the Orioles earlier this spring. The Yankees are expected to release Mike Rivera, who struggled in big league camp.
According to the source, the Yankees have also signed utility man Robby Hammock, who can catch and play the corners. He will also open in Triple-A, essentially taking the place of Jorge Vazquez, who will open on the disabled list.
Damaso Marte, Francisco Cervelli and Jorge Posada each reported progress this morning. Marte will play catch, Posada will play in the game and Cervelli will catch in the bullpen, hit in the cage and ride a stationary bike. All three expect to be on the Opening Day roster.
Still waiting on an official announcement about the last bullpen spot.
UPDATE, 12:12 p.m.: Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves are in the bullpen. Boone Logan optioned to Triple-A.