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Yankees don't expect to trade for replacement for Rodriguez

TAMPA — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says he's unlikely to acquire a fill-in third baseman to replace Alex Rodriguez.

"I'm not optimistic about doing anything," Cashman said Tuesday. "I'm not going to be proactive in trying to do something. If something represents itself that makes sense, then maybe it will be different. I think our answer is here in camp."

Rodriguez had arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his right hip, and doctors said they found nothing that would keep him from returning to the lineup in May.

The top internal candidate to start opening day at third is Cody Ransom, who has seven home runs and 24 RBIs in six major-league seasons. Cashman said he has not spoken to other general managers about a third baseman, but he has heard from the agents of some free agents.

NO REGRETS: Mike Mussina is enjoying retirement and no has desire to pitch again.

Mussina, on vacation with his family, visited old teammates before Tuesday night's game with the Reds.

"No itch," he said. "It feels good being retired."

On his last day as a big-leaguer on Sept. 28, Mussina pitched six shutout innings at Fenway Park to beat Boston and wind up 20-9. At 39, he became the oldest first-time 20-game winner.

Jays: Clement works out of early jam

PORT CHARLOTTE — Blue Jays RHP Matt Clement, still trying to return to the majors after right shoulder surgery in 2006, allowed two runs in the first but settled down to pitch three scoreless innings after that in an 11-4 loss to the Rays. Clement didn't allow a hit to the last 11 hitters he faced.

Clement, 34, said his stuff wasn't as sharp as it was in his previous two appearances, but he was happy to have an outing that forced him to fight through some early issues. He said he was able to get a lot of outs with his sinker.

"I got through the outing and it was a big step," Clement said. "The other times I've thrown, everything's been like the stars have been lined up. I went out there and my pitches were all perfect. Today, I had to work to find my pitches a little bit."

RELIEVER HURT: RHP Brian Wolfe, competing for a bullpen job, pulled himself from the game with pain in his pitching shoulder after allowing five runs in the fifth. Manager Cito Gaston said Wolfe is scheduled to have his shoulder examined by Steve Mirabello, a team physician, today in Dunedin.

The teams

Pirates

at Blue Jays

1:05 today, Dunedin

Stadium, Dunedin

Braves at Phillies

1:05 today, Bright House Field, Clearwater

Yankees: 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. Tickets: Call (813) 879-2244 or online at yankees.com.

Phillies: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Tickets: Call (727) 467-4457 or online at phillies.com.

Blue Jays: Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Tickets: Call toll-free 1-888-525-5297 or (727) 733-0429 or online at bluejays.com.

Yankees don't expect to trade for replacement for Rodriguez 03/10/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:06pm]

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