Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notebook

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notebook

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Yanks pick up versatile Brignac

The New York Yankees acquired infielder Reid Brignac from the Colorado Rockies for cash, adding a lefty bat to the group of backups filling in for the team's injured stars.

"He's played shortstop, second, third. A flyball hitter, so we're going to see if we can take advantage of the left-handed bat at Yankee Stadium. He's a very good fielder, more so than a bat," New York general manager Brian Casahman said. "Gives us a little bit better of a platoon situation because all the left side of infield bats are right handed. Simple as that."

Brignac should get immediate playing time in an infield that has been relying on a mix of rookies and bench players to take over for All-Stars Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez since the start of the season.

Braves lose O'Flaherty * Braves general manager Frank Wren said Saturday lefthander Eric O'Flaherty has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

The loss of O'Flaherty, who faces possible season-ending surgery, leaves the Braves in a sudden bullpen crisis.

On Thursday, lefthander Jonny Venters had season-ending surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. …

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