Golson among Yankees' roster cuts

Golson among Yankees' roster cuts

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees continued to trim their roster on Wednesday, optioning outfielder Greg Golson to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Manager Joe Girardi said that the team wants Golson to see more playing time. He was sidelined from March 7 until Tuesday with a strained oblique, appearing in each of New York's last two games.

Girardi said that Golson could be a candidate to be on the big league roster in the event Curtis Granderson is not available for Opening Day due to his oblique strain.

"We want him to go get some at-bats," Girardi said. "He's been kind of behind, and I don't want him getting one at-bat a day here."

In other moves Wednesday, New York also reassigned catcher Jose Gil, outfielder Jordan Parraz and infielder Jorge Vazquez to Minor League camp.

The Yankees also announced that infielder Brandon Laird, infielder Kevin Russo and outfielder Melky Mesa will report to Minor League camp. Those players had been previously optioned to Triple-A on March 16.

Girardi has said that he plans to have all roster decisions finalized by Monday. After Wednesday's game, New York also optioned left-hander Steve Garrison and right-hander Ryan Pope to Double-A Trenton. Right-hander Eric Wordekemper was also reassigned to Minor League camp.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.