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Spencer Rejoins Yankees


Outfielder Shane Spencer, sidelined because of an irregular heartbeat, rejoined the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

"I've been taking it easy for three weeks. I'm bored," said Spencer, who was placed on the disabled list July 3 and treated for atrial fibrillation.

Spencer, 27, was re-evaluated July 12 and declared in stable condition with a normal heart rate. He went 7-for-16 in five games with Triple-A Columbus during a rehab assignment before being activated.

"They said it just happens. It's a pretty common thing," said Spencer, who is not taking medication. He said he has no history of heart trouble in his family.

Spencer was hitting .243 with six homers and 12 RBIs this season.

His return means left field once again is congested with Spencer, Ricky Ledee and Chad Curtis.

"I don't know what the answer is, but I think we'll be all right," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

"It's not up to me," Spencer said. "I'll look at the lineup card like before."

Left-hander Ed Yarnall, who appeared in two games, was sent to Columbus to make room on the roster for Spencer.

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