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Yankees bolster rotation by signing ex-Cub

BOSTON — The Yankees signed RHP Carlos Silva to a minor-league contract Saturday, bringing in another option for their suspect rotation.

The move came 13 days after Silva, who turns 32 on April 23, was released by the Cubs despite being owed $11.5 million. In 21 starts with them last year (and under current Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild), he went 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA.

Chicago released Silva after he was told he would not make the team and he said there was "no chance" he would accept a demotion to Triple A.

He is expected to report to the Yankees' minor-league complex in Tampa on Wednesday.

In nine seasons — two with the Phillies, four with the Twins, two with the Mariners and one with the Cubs — Silva is 70-70 with a 4.68 ERA in 316 games.

Musial Alzheimer's? Stan Musial, 90, has been fighting a battle the past several years that few knew about — Alzheimer's disease, two published reports said.

The Hall of Famer and former Cardinals great has had to endure the effects of Alzheimer's since he was in his "mid 80s," according to an advance copy of a book, Stan Musial, an American Life, by George Vecsey of the New York Times.

Coincidentally, Gerry Musial Ashley, one of Stan's three daughters, confirmed the diagnosis to the Oakland Tribune on Thursday in an article about a baseball art exhibit that includes a painting of her father.

Brewers: RHP Zack Greinke said he felt fine after a second bullpen session. But there is still no timetable for Greinke, who cracked a rib while playing basket­ball, to begin a rehab stint.

Orioles: RHP Chris Jaku­bau­skas was called up in case he was needed to start today for RHP Jeremy Guthrie, who is recovering from pneumonia. But he pitched in relief in Game 2 of the team's doubleheader, likely meaning Guthrie will go.

Pirates: RHP Ross Ohlendorf went on the DL with a strained right shoulder.

Rockies: Manager Jim Tracy said he was "extremely encouraged" by how RHP Ubaldo Jimenez responded to Friday's long-toss session. Jimenez, on the DL with a cuticle cut on his right thumb, is set to throw a bullpen session today and hopes to return when eligible April 17.

Twins: RH reliever Kevin Slo­wey went on the DL with bursitis in his right shoulder.

Yankees bolster rotation by signing ex-Cub 04/09/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 9, 2011 11:28pm]
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