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New York Yankees 2011 Roster: Sanchez Sold, Jesus Montero and Austin Romine Optioned

Well, relief pitcher Romulo Sanchez wasn’t exactly traded by the New York Yankees. Turns out the Yankees are selling Sanchez’s rights to a Japanese team.

In addition, the Yankees have decided to keep journeyman Gustavo Molina as their backup catcher, and Eduardo Nunez as the backup middle infielder. That means highly-regarded Yankee catching prospects Jesus Montero and Austin Romine will both start the season in the minor leagues.

The Yankees still have not announced a decision as to whether or not center fielder Curtis Granderson (oblique injury) will start the season on the disabled list. Recent reports were that Granderson was “50-50” to be available for Opening Day on Thursday vs. the Detroit Tigers.

With relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano on the disabled list to open the season the Yankees have also not announced which pitcher will fill the 12th spot on their staff. It could also be possible that the Yankees would keep only 11 pitchers and carry an extra outfielder if Granderson has to be placed on the disabled list.