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• The Yankees are dealing with a few minor injuries, Girardi said. Most notably, outfield prospect Tyler Austin didn't take batting practice Saturday due to a sore right wrist, the same one that bothered him last season and kept him out of the Arizona Fall League.

Girardi also said veteran right-hander Jim Miller will be out until at least Monday with a "slight irritation" in his calf, and lefty Nik Turley didn't throw a bullpen session as scheduled Saturday because his arm tightened up.

• Former Yankees catcher and current Spring Training guest instructor Jorge Posada arrived at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Saturday.

• Left-hander Manny Banuelos, who has a shot to crack the Yankees' Opening Day bullpen, threw to hitters during batting practice at Steinbrenner Field on Saturday. Banuelos, once a top prospect, didn't pitch at all in 2013 as he recovered from Tommy John surgery.

"Looked pretty good. Obviously missing a year, you're going to be a little bit rusty," Girardi said. "But it looked like the ball was coming out of his hand great. I like what I see."

• A brief but heavy rainstorm delayed the Yankees' workout Saturday and forced most hitters to do their work in the indoor batting cage, but Matt Thornton, Shawn Kelley, Cesar Cabral and Matt Daley still threw live batting practice on the main field.

• Girardi was "a little bit surprised" to hear that former Yankees catcher Jesus Montero reportedly arrived to Mariners camp 40 pounds overweight. Montero was shipped to Seattle after the 2011 season in the trade that brought back Pineda. When asked about Montero on Saturday, Girardi referenced Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon's response to hitting coach Kevin Long's criticism of Robinson Cano.

"Sometimes you're not sure why things happen, but I think Lloyd said it best: You worry about the guys in your camp," Girardi said, smiling.

• The Orioles are close to making another significant late free-agent signing, having reportedly reached an agreement with slugging outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz on Saturday. Girardi noted that the deal, along with Baltimore's recent signing of right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, only makes the American League East more competitive.

"It even makes [the Orioles] better is what it does," Girardi said. "Our division gets tougher and tougher, it seems, every year. And you expect it to be extremely tough this year."

Adam Berry is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.
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