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TAMPA, Fla. -- Yogi Berra is not planning to attend Spring Training with the Yankees this year because the 87-year-old Hall of Famer's travel has become limited.

David Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair, N.J., said that Berra's health is good and that he plans on attending games at Yankee Stadium this season.

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Kaplan also wouldn't rule out that Berra might decide to make the trip to Florida later in the spring.

"I guess with Yogi, there's always a chance," Kaplan said. "Yes, he's disappointed, but it's kind of difficult for him to travel these days. He's hanging in there, mind is still sharp and he's following everything concerning the Yankees."

Berra's name was not listed among the guest instructors attending Yankees camp. The 10-time World Series champion has been a visible presence at Spring Training for many years, but he experienced more difficulty walking during last year's camp.

This year's guest instructors at Yanks camp are Ron Guidry, Goose Gossage, Reggie Jackson, David Wells, Lee Mazzilli, Stump Merrill and Billy Connors.

Another catcher with his share of World Series rings, Jorge Posada, was listed on a roster of guest instructors in the Yankees clubhouse on Tuesday. Other instructors expected to make appearances for shorter periods include former big league managers Lou Piniella, Don Wakamatsu and Pete Mackanin.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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