Yankees release LHP Jon Niese, two minor-league catchers

The New York Yankees have released LHP Jon Niese and catchers Ozzie Liranzo and Doug Borgh, according to the latest batch of minor-league transactions reported by Baseball America's Matt Eddy.

Niese, 30, signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees this spring, and allowed three runs over six innings of Grapefruit League action. He was released in late-March but re-signed quickly, and was assigned to Extended Spring Training to re-build arm strength after his offseason knee surgery.

Extended Spring Training, though, ends next week with the opening of the New York-Penn, Appalachian, and Gulf Coast League seasons, and the Yankees apparently chose to release Niese rather than assign him to an affiliate.

Liranzo, 24, signed as an international free agent in January 2012. He spent three seasons in the Dominican Summer League (missing all of 2013 with an injury) and three in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, hitting .294 in 87 games overall.

Borgh, 20, was signed as a minor-league free agent last June out of Tampa's Hillsborough Community College but he did see any game action, serving instead mostly as a rehab catcher at the team's minor-league player development complex.