Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Yankees Ink Sidney Ponson to Minor-League Deal

Yankees Ink Sidney Ponson to Minor-League DealAccording to Ken Rosenthal, the New York Yankees and free-agent righty Sidney Ponson have agreed to a minor-league deal.

The 31-year-old Ponson, despite pitching well this season for the Texas Rangers, was recently released. Texas, always starved for pitching, cited off-field conduct for the decision.

Ponson posted a 4-1 record with a 3.88 ERA in nine starts for the Rangers. He offers the injury-riddled Yankees a possible alternative for the starting rotation.

This will be his second stint with the Yankees. In 2006, Ponson made five appearances, going 0-1 with a 10.47 ERA. He will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Ponson has a history of off-field problems, including a couple of DUI arrests. But during his brief time as a Yankee in 2006, he behaved well and impressed team officials.

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Hideki Matsui (knee) is not in tonight's starting lineup, though he is available to pinch-hit if needed.

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The Yankees also announced Wednesday they have claimed right-handed pitcher Oneli Perez off of waivers from the Cleveland Indians and optioned him to Double-A Trenton.

Perez, 24, has appeared in 21 games combined this season at Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox) and Triple-A Buffalo (Indians), going 0-1 with two saves and an 8.49 ERA.

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