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Yankees release Hideki Okajima after failed physical exam

Feb 17, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

Hideki Okajima

UPDATE: No word yet on the cause of the failed physical, but the Yankees have released Okajima.

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Hideki Okajima, who signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees in December, has failed his physical exam according to David Waldstein of the New York Times.

Waldstein speculates that the Yankees will void his contract and make the 36-year-old reliever a free agent again, although it’s also possible that they could simply alter the terms of the contract and keep him around in the minors.

Okajima pitched his way out of the Red Sox’s plans after three seasons as a top-notch setup man, but was excellent at Triple-A last year with a 2.29 ERA and 49/8 K/BB ratio in 51 innings.

  1. buffalomafia - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    He sucks anyway!

  2. uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Bye, bye Hideki.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Failed his physical? This is what happens when you’re NOT in the Best Shape Of Your Life.

  4. drewzducks - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Sayonara

  5. Detroit Michael - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Maybe he should run more, not fewer, marathons.
    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2008/12/okajima_finishe.html

  6. uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Free, free, free at last.

  7. uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Free, free, free at last

  8. shaggylocks - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    It was probably the giant “RED SOX 4EVAH” tattoo he has across his chest.

  9. uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Time to move on.

  10. uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Wasn’t very good anyway.

  11. richwizl - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    No details? Wake me up when you know something, snore.

    • jwbiii - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:39 AM

      Bad shoulder.

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