According to multiple reports, left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima has failed his physical with the Yankees and will not be part of New York's spring training camp. The reports suggest the 36-year-old's minor-league deal, signed this offseason, would be voided.
Okajima spent the majority of 2011 with Triple-A Pawtucket, having been designated for assignment by the Red Sox in May. In June, the former All-Star told WEEI.com that he wanted to be traded. He finished '11 having pitched in seven games for the Red Sox, and 34 games with the PawSox. In Triple-A, Okajima went 8-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 51 innings.
Okajima pitched in 261 games over five seasons with the Red Sox, going 17-8 with a 3.11 ERA while saving six games. In 2007, his first season with the Sox, he made the American League All-Star team while finishing sixth in AL Rookie of the Year balloting.
He was expected to compete with Rule 5 draftee Cesar Cabral for a spot as the Yankees' second lefty out of their bullpen.
For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox .