The Yankees technically still have three moves to make.
One deadline has already come and gone, and the Yankees were forced to trim to a standard 25-man roster. But that’s not the same as setting their Opening Day roster.
The Yankees current roster includes shortstop Brendan Ryan, who will open the season on the disabled list with a back issue. For the time being, he’s technically active and a part of the team. In reality, he’s not in Houston. At some point tomorrow, the Yankees will make three moves.
1. Officially put Ryan on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to basically a week before camp broke (not that it will matter, because Ryan will be on the DL beyond the date he’s eligible to be activated).
2. Add Yangervis Solarte to the active roster. Right now, he’s floating out there on the minor league contract he signed this winter. We already know, though, that Solarte won a spot on the team, and he will be added before tomorrow’s game.
3. Open a spot on the 40-man roster. This is necessarily to accommodate Solate, who was a non-roster player this spring. There seems to be at least some chance that the Yankees could put Nik Turley on the 60-day disabled list to open a spot. Turley’s going to start the year on the minor league DL anyway, but the 60-day is probably much longer than necessary (and such a move would start his service-time clock). They could also DFA a guy like Preston Claiborne, who was outpitched by several other Triple-A relievers this spring. A strong spring from Ramon Flores might have taken him out of DFA consideration.
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