Yankees release Diaz

March, 17, 2013
3/17/13
3:24
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- In his last at-bat as a Yankee, Matt Diaz singled Saturday night off Braves right-hander J.R. Graham, whose fastball has been clocked at over 100 MPH.

On Sunday morning, the Yankees sent Diaz on his way, granting the 10-year veteran his release after a disappointing spring in which he hit .200 (6-for-30, all singles). With the acquisitions this week of Ben Francisco and Brennan Boesch, both outfielders, Diaz, an OF-slash-DH, became expendable.

"We just thought the other guys were a little bit ahead of him," Joe Girardi said, "And we wanted to be fair to him and have a chance to catch on somewhere else."

Diaz' lasting legacy as a Yankee will be a memorably grisly story he told the media about having surgery to remove some painful palm frond splinters out of his thumb last year. Ouch!
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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