Juan Rivera fails to make Yankees

The New York Yankees continued sorting through their various roster options on Thursday, releasing outfielder/first baseman Juan Rivera.

Rivera, 34, agreed to a minor-league contract with the team on Jan. 28. He was a candidate to play in both the outfield and at first base, but the Yankees may prefer first baseman Lyle Overbay, whom they signed to a minor-league deal after he was released by the Boston Red Sox this week.

Overbay, a left-handed hitter, is now the leading candidate to replace first baseman Mark Teixeira, who is starting the season on the disabled list with a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist. Third baseman Kevin Youkilis also can move to first against left-handed pitching.

Rivera told reporters the Yankees informed him that Overbay will play first base and Ben Francisco will be the fourth outfielder.

The Milwaukee Brewers were among the teams that had interest in Rivera before he signed with the Yankees.