Yanks bring back Burton three days after release

Mitchell, Davies among 10 players sent to Minors on Sunday

Yanks bring back Burton three days after release

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees re-signed Jared Burton to a Minor League contract on Sunday, agreeing on a new deal with the right-hander three days after he was released by the club, among several other transactions that trimmed their spring roster.

Burton, 33, has been sidelined since March 17 with a strained lat. He had an opt-out in his original contract that he planned to exercise, so the Yanks released him and then agreed to a new deal.

"The original plan was for me to come here and help the team, and that's still the plan," Burton said.

General manager Brian Cashman said that the Yankees hope to follow a similar line of negotiations with right-hander Scott Baker, who was released by the club on Sunday. If the Yanks had kept Baker under the original contract, they would have had to pay him a retention bonus.

Prior to Sunday's game, the Yankees optioned right-hander Bryan Mitchell to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and sent right-hander Kyle Davies to Minor League camp. Both will pitch in the rotation at Triple-A, Cashman said.

After Sunday's 7-0 victory over the Astros, the Yankees optioned outfielder Ramon Flores to Triple-A and re-assigned seven players -- catchers Francisco Arcia and Kyle Higashioka, infielders Cole Figueroa and Jonathan Galvez, outfielder Slade Heathcott, left-hander Jacob Lindgren and right-hander Nick Rumbelow -- to Minor League camp.

Lindgren shuts the door

Lindgren had enjoyed a strong spring, posting a 1.23 ERA in eight appearances spanning 7 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old was a long shot to make the club, with just 25 professional innings under his belt, but Cashman said earlier on Sunday that Lindgren had made a good impression in camp.

"Obviously, we've kept him this long for a reason -- because he's continued to open people's eyes," Cashman said.

Heathcott fits into that group as well. The Yanks' first-round pick in 2009, he had one of the better springs on the roster, batting .321 (9-for-28) with a team-leading 11 runs scored, two doubles, a triple and six RBIs in 20 games.

Heathcott's RBI double

Burton said that he would play catch for the first time on Sunday. He pitched four innings over four spring appearances, allowing no runs and two hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

"He never had a chance to really take that competition all the way to the end," Cashman said. "Listen, we're excited we have him. I think he liked being here and I'm glad he's giving us a chance to extend it. We'll see. We've got to get him healthy first."

Burton pitched in the Majors last season with the Twins, going 3-5 with three saves and a 4.36 ERA in 68 appearances. He owns a 3.44 career ERA over 367 big league appearances with the Reds (2007-11) and Twins ('12-14).

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.