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Yankees reliever faces minor leaguers

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees reliever Steve Karsay threw two
innings in an extended spring training game Saturday, his first
such action since rotator cuff surgery a year ago.

Karsay's fastball reached 94 mph. He could pitch again Tuesday
in another minor league game and might be ready to rejoin the
Yankees by mid- to late June.

"Things need to get sharpen up," Karsay said. "I need to
continue working on my breaking ball and my split. But to get out
there in competition with another team in the batter's box, it's a
big step for me. As soon as I sharpen my tools, I can pitch with
what I had in the big leagues right now."

Team officials were pleased by the outing in which Karsay threw
30 of 39 pitches for strikes. He wants to see how he feels Sunday,
"and after that get more outings under my belt and see where we go
from there."

In the game against Tampa Bay minor leaguers, Karsay gave up
three runs and six hits and struck out three. It's not an uncommon
linescore for rehabbing major league pitchers in extended spring
games where working on specific pitches and not the score is the
main priority.

Karsay missed last season because of the shoulder injury. He
went 6-4 with a 3.26 ERA and 12 saves in 78 games for the Yankees
in 2002.