Yankees Notes: A-Rod, Nakajima, Chavez, Andruw

Today the Yankees agreed to a minor league deal with lefty Hideki Okajima.   He's made 31 appearances against them over the years as a member of the Red Sox.  Other Yankees news…

  • Third baseman Alex Rodriguez recently traveled to Germany for an experimental therapy called Orthokine on his right knee, reported Mike Puma of the New York Post.  Orthokine is similar to Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, which reliever Takashi Saito had done several years ago.  The procedure, which was recommended by Kobe Bryant, came with the blessing of the Yankees and the commissioner's office.  Puma explains, "Orthokine involves taking blood from the patient’s arm and spinning it in a centrifuge, a machine used in laboratories to spin objects around a fixed axis. The serum is then injected into the affected area."  Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters the procedure was done on Rodriguez's left shoulder as well.  For more on the topic, check out this article from Teri Thompson and Christian Red of the New York Daily News.
  • Cashman appears to be waiting for a resolution on the Hiroyuki Nakajima situation before pursuing Eric Chavez any further, tweets MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.  Hoch says the Nakajima situation will be resolved next week.  The Yankees won the exclusive right to negotiate with Nakajima with a bid around $2MM earlier this month.
  • Hoch notes that the Yankees are still talking about re-signing Andruw Jones but Cashman says he has nothing to report right now.

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