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Yankees deal Mitre, get backup outfielder

PHOENIX -- The New York Yankees traded right-hander Sergio Mitre to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Chris Dickerson on Friday, a deal that could benefit both banged-up teams.

The Brewers need to cover several starts while 2009 AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke recovers from a broken rib.

"Sergio, he's going to be in a good spot to, obviously, help Milwaukee with their recent rash of injuries," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

The 30-year-old Mitre is 13-29 with a 5.27 ERA in seven seasons with the Cubs, Marlins and the Yankees. He is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA in 11 innings this spring training.

Dickerson gives the Yankees backup insurance if centerfielder Curtis Granderson, out with a strained muscle on his right side, is not ready for opening day next Thursday.

The 28-year-old Dickerson was acquired by the Brewers from Cincinnati last August for Jim Edmonds. He's hitting .278 with five RBIs in 17 games in spring training, but was expected to lose out for one of the last bench spots to Brandon Boggs and Jeremy Reed.

"It gives us another choice as an alternative if Curtis doesn't make opening day," Cashman said.

Granderson did light running and agility work on Friday, but did not swing a bat.

Andruw Jones would start in left, with Brett Gardner shifting to center if Granderson is unable to play.

Mitre had been competing with Freddy Garcia, Ivan Nova and Bartolo Colon for two open rotation spots behind CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes.

The Yankees also reached an agreement on a minor league deal with Kevin Millwood. The 36-year-old righty was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA last season with Baltimore, where his 3.26 runs per game of support was among the lowest in the majors.


Around the majors

*Baltimore Orioles right-hander Brad Bergesen got off lucky after being struck in the right forearm by a line drive Friday by Minnesota's Denard Span. X-rays were negative and the injury was determined to be a bruise.

*Ailing Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo has been tested for a fungal infection in his lungs. The right-hander has been sick for more than 10 days with flulike symptoms.

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