Mar. 26 2:42 PM PT3:42 PM MT4:42 PM CT5:42 PM ET17:42 ET21:42 GMT5:42 2:42 PM MST4:42 PM EST5:12 PM VEN1:42 UAE (+1)4:42 PM CT-The New York Yankees on Sunday released Jonathon Niese, ending the left-hander's bid to secure a position in the bullpen. Analysis: Niese, who signed a minor-league contract with the club on Feb. 20, was attempting to return from season-ending surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee in August. The 30-year-old allowed three runs on five hits in six innings for a 4.50 ERA in six Grapefruit League appearances.
Feb. 19 6:22 PM PT7:22 PM MT8:22 PM CT9:22 PM ET21:22 ET2:22 GMT10:22 7:22 PM MST9:22 PM EST9:52 PM VEN6:22 UAE (+1)8:22 PM CT-The Yankees have signed Niese to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Analysis: Niese, who's spent nearly all of his nine-year major league career pitching for the crosstown Mets, should have an opportunity to earn a spot in a Yankees rotation that has two openings behind Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia. The 30-year-old also is trying to bounce back from a poor 2016 season in which he posted a 5.50 ERA in 29 appearances (20 starts) with the Mets and Pirates.