Yankees get infielder Gregorio Petit from Astros for cash

Gregorio Petit played 37 games with the Astros last season, but that was long enough to earn a postgame dousing at least once.

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In need of another healthy infielder by Opening Day, the New York Yankees have acquired Gregorio Petit from the Houston Astros for cash.

The teams announced the deal Wednesday night. New York says Petit will report to major league camp.

Petit batted .278 with two homers and nine RBI in 37 games with the Astros last season. He played in 85 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .297 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI.

Petit has also played for Oakland (2008-09) and is a .278 career hitter in 62 big league games.

Four days after Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius got hurt, backup Brendan Ryan strained his right calf during Wednesday’s spring training game against Tampa Bay. He is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

Gregorius had been sidelined since spraining his left wrist diving for a grounder Saturday. He is scheduled to return Thursday.