The Yankees have their first spring training move.
Lefty reliever Neal Cotts has been released. The Yankees didn’t like the medical report after his physical on Monday. Cotts had some injury issues in the past, and Brian Cashman said the decision was 100 percent because of the physical, not because of anything the Yankees saw out of him.
Also from Cashman, the general manager was willing to say that Joba Chamberlain is heavier than last year, but he wouldn’t say how much heavier and wouldn’t comment on whether he’s out of shape. Cashman did say the Yankees were happy with Chamberlain’s bullpen this morning.
UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: I’ll have more later. Joba wouldn’t go into detail about his weight, but said he’s in good shape and stronger than he can remember being. As I’ve written, he’s clearly bigger, but there’s no beer gut or anything.