TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Yankees owner George Steinbrenner met with his top advisers for 90 minutes Tuesday, discussing potential moves before the July 31 deadline for trades without waivers.
General partner Hal Steinbrenner, general manager Brian Cashman, team president Randy Levine and chief operating officer Lonn Trost attended the session along with senior vice president Felix Lopez, special adviser Gene Michael, senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman and vice president of amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer.
The team officials met for two hours at Legends Field, the Yankees spring training home, before being joined by Steinbrenner.
The group also discussed potential help from the Yankees' minor league system. Pitchers Phil Hughes (sprained ankle) and Jeff Karstens (broken leg) are on minor league rehab assignments and could be ready to rejoin the team within the next two weeks. Right-hander Joba Chamberlain, selected 41st overall in the 2006 amateur draft, has been impressive at Class A Tampa and Double-A Trenton and is under consideration for a major league callup.
The Yankees could get a power bat back soon - designated hitter Jason Giambi hopes to return from a left foot injury by early August.
Giambi said Tuesday his foot felt ``great,'' one day after taking on-field batting practice for the first time since being sidelined May 30. He worked out indoors Tuesday because of rain but is scheduled for another batting practice session Wednesday.

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