The Yankees traded righthander Sergio Mitre to the Brewers for outfielder Chris Dickerson yesterday, a deal that could benefit both banged-up teams.
The Brewers need to cover several starts while 2009 AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke recovers from a broken rib.
“Sergio, he’s going to be in a good spot to, obviously, help Milwaukee with their recent rash of injuries,’’ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
The 30-year-old Mitre is 13-29 with a 5.27 ERA in seven seasons with the Cubs, Marlins, and Yankees. He is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA in 11 innings this spring.
Dickerson gives the Yankees backup insurance if center fielder Curtis Granderson, out with a strained muscle on his right side, is not ready for Opening Day Thursday.
The 28-year-old Dickerson was acquired by the Brewers from Cincinnati last August for Jim Edmonds. He’s hitting .278 with five RBIs in 17 games in spring training, but was expected to lose out for one of the last bench spots.
Meanwhile, righthander Kevin Millwood agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees. The 36-year-old was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA last season with Baltimore, where his 3.26 runs per game of support was the second-lowest in the AL.
Lidge sidelined Phillies closer Brad Lidge said he won’t be ready for Opening Day because of soreness in his right shoulder. He pitched Thursday against the Twins, but felt pain deep in the shoulder, something he never experienced before. He will have an MRI either Monday or Tuesday in Philadelphia . . . Padres pitcher Mat Latos has a sore right shoulder, putting a potential Opening Day start against St. Louis in jeopardy . . . Ailing Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo was tested for a fungal infection in his lungs. The righthander has been sick for more than 10 days with flulike symptoms. He had blood tests and chest X-rays to see if he has valley fever, a fungal infection found in desert regions of the Southwest . . . The White Sox named rookie Brent Morel their starting third baseman, beating out veteran Mark Teahen . . . Mike Sweeney signed a one-day minor league contract so he could officially retire as a member of the Royals.