Here are some New York Yankees updates for a Monday afternoon.
— New York Gov. David Paterson has been fined $62,000 for accepting five free tickets to a 2009 Yankee World Series game. We try to keep politics out of the discussion here, but let’s just say this is not the smartest thing Paterson has ever done. I somehow don’t think the state is doing to miss him very much when his term ends in a few weeks.
— The Yankees have reportedly brought back right-handed reliever Luis Vizciano on a minor-league contract.
Vizcaino, 36, was a Joe Torre favorite during his year with the Yankees in 2007, appearing in a career-high 77 games and finishing 8-2 with a 4.30 ERA. He has not pitched in the big leagues since 2009.
— Austin Kearns, who came over from Cleveland with Kerry Wood last season in a trade deadline deal, has gone back to the Indians. Kearns, in truth, won’t be missed.