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Pirela making progress, cleared to resume baseball activities

NEW YORK -- Jose Pirela has resumed baseball activities after sustaining a concussion during a Grapefruit League game, but the Yankees' utility man has not yet been cleared to play in games, according to manager Joe Girardi.

"He has taken ground balls and has taken some swings," Girardi said. "He's not ready to play in a game yet. His condition has improved, and he's doing a little bit more every day. Hopefully it's not too long."

Pirela is ranked as the Yankees' No. 25 prospect according to, and he is listed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. He was enjoying a good spring before colliding with the center-field wall in a March 22 game against the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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Girardi has said that Pirela, 25, would have likely made the big league roster following a late-spring calf injury to infielder Brendan Ryan. Instead, the Yankees acquired infielder Gregorio Petit from the Astros in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.
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