Evans Clinchy
Sunday February 19th, 2012

Due to a failed physical, reliever Hideki Okajima will not be reporting to spring training with the New York Yankees, according to MLB.com.

Okajima, 36, had signed a minor league contract with a spring training invite in late December. He was hoping to rebound from a poor season last year with the Boston Red Sox and return to the major leagues, but an undisclosed medical issue has derailed him.

Okajima appeared in just seven major league games last season with the Red Sox. He spent most of 2011 with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he maintained a 2.29 ERA in 51 innings. The veteran lefty spent five seasons with the Red Sox -- he arrived in the United States in 2007 after pitching with the Yomiuri Giants and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan.

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