TAMPA, Fla. -- Lyle Overbay called the day, appropriately, a "whirlwind."
The 36-year-old was released by the Red Sox Tuesday morning and by late afternoon he was searching for his locker in the Yankees' clubhouse, ready to begin a three-day tryout for the first-base job.
That process began Tuesday night when he entered the game against the Astros in the seventh inning. Overbay, who was 9-for-41 (.220) with a .327 OBP in 19 games this spring with the Red Sox, has an out in his contract he can exercise Friday if he's not with the major league club.
"It's kind of like a three-day tryout," Overbay said. "I know they've been watching me. There's not a lot of opportunities out there so I wanted to jump on this. Just go out there, see what I can do and who knows? Stranger things have happened."
Wells has been brought in to be the everyday leftfielder while Curtis Granderson is out with a broken right forearm.
Overbay has no such job security, though because of his experience at first (1,151 starts there in 10 years) the Yankees will give him a long look for this shortened period. Juan Rivera, who started at first Tuesday night, has swung the bat well this spring but hasn't impressed in the field.
"We'll see how he moves around, see how he swings the bat and try to make a quick judgment," Joe Girardi said. "Obviously he knows how to play the position and he's played it at a pretty high level. We'll have to see where he's at."
Another step for Hughes
Phil Hughes (back) will throw in a minor league game Wednesday, and another five days later, Girardi said. The hope is Hughes, expected to miss his first turn in the rotation, will be ready for April 6.
"We'll see," Girardi said. "We'll just take him one start at a time."
In his final spring training tuneup, CC Sabathia allowed three runs in the first inning, and four overall Tuesday night in a 4-4 tie with Astros . . . RHP Dan Otero, who posted a 5.84 ERA in 12 appearances in 2012, was claimed off waivers from the Giants. To make room on the 40-man roster, LHP Cesar Cabral (elbow) was placed on the 60-day disabled list . . . Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless sixth inning to give him six shutout innings this spring.