You knew it was a reunion that wasn't going to last.
This morning it became official, non-roster invitee Ben Francisco was granted his release and, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, he signed with the Yankees on Monday morning, where he will compete for a roster spot. Francisco was hitting .400 (8 for 20) in 11 games with the Tribe this spring, but unlike in years past, there was just no room at the inn, this time around. The Indians figure to run out an outfield of Michael Brantley, Michael Bourn, and Drew Stubbs, with Nick Swisher available on their days off.
In other roster news, Rich Hill was added to the 40-man roster; Blake Wood was removed to make room for the former Chicago Cub southpaw. In six appearances this spring, Hill was gone 5.2 innings, faced 26 batters, allowing 1 run on 5 hits, striking out 8, and issuing 3 free passes. Hill, who figures to be one of three lefties in a bullpen that should include Nick Hagadone and Scott Barnes, threw a perfect ninth inning in the Indians loss to Texas on Sunday.
In slightly more obvious and less relevant news, Matt LaPorta was sent to the Tribe's minor-league camp.
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