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Yankees release Clay Rapada

Apr 3, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

Clay Rapada AP

After designating Clay Rapada for assignment last week the Yankees have released the left-handed reliever.

Rapada is currently sidelined by a shoulder injury, but the Yankees needed the 40-man roster space more than they wanted to keep him around on the disabled list.

Rapada was pretty effective for the Yankees last season, posting a 2.82 ERA while holding left-handed hitters to a .186 batting average, but he logged a total of 38 innings in 70 appearances and is limited to being a southpaw specialist.

  1. number42is1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    So to be clear… they are either on the DL or being released?

    • Jeremy T - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Rapada’s both!

      • number42is1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        he’s gotta win something for that, right>?

  2. 13arod - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    they will reget this he was very goof

    • UgglasForearms - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      They may be recruiting more goofs for the team

    • number42is1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      excellent typo…

  3. cackalackyank - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Wow this really interesting. First Aardsma doesn’t fit in, and now Rapada isn’t worth holding a spot for? Are the Yankees really this deep in the bullpen? After that turd that Joba served up on Monday? I don’t even pretend to understand the thought processes at work here anymore.

  4. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Who?

  5. uyf1950 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Rapada missed virtually all of ST with an injury and is still injured. The Yankees have other lefties on the 40 man roster and still in the minors so Rapada was obviously expendable.

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Didn’t like him anyway. He was effective when it didn’t matter. When the game was on the line- he gave up the big hits. It was his way.

  6. rvnc - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    at one point on monday the yankees loaded the bases with Youkilis, Wells and Ichiro, and I thought to myself ‘Wow, this is would three great guys to have….six years ago’. Then later on Travis Hafner and even Lyle Overbay appeared and I actually felt sorry for Yankee fans…really.

  7. pisano - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    It’s going to be a long year, and with Sanchez still on the Jets roster, you can’t even look forward to football!

    • Kevin S. - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Yes you can!

      Sincerely, a Dolphin fan.

      • pisano - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        Good point, you got me there.

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      As a Rams fan, I have to disagree. Fisher is going to put us back on top after Linehan and Spagnuolo did all they could to keep us in the basement. As for the Yanks, yeah, it doesn’t look good, but I won’t give up hope just yet…

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