Jason Giambi has no regrets and would like to return to the Yankees. There’s little chance of that, however.
Mariano Rivera returned to New York to have his shoulder examined. But Joe Girardi tried to cover that up, unsuccessfully.
Meanwhile, it would appear the Yankees have a problem with the credibility of their manager.
All signs report to Brian Cashman returning as GM. Once that is settled, he needs to talk to Girardi about how best to deal with injuries. It has become a problem in the clubhouse now as players have to explain that they are actually injured when the manager says something else.
The “cranky body” story may sound good. But it puts Mariano Rivera in a tough spot, one he does not want to be in. If nothing else, the Yankees need to get their stories straight.
Meanwhile, the sloppy cover-up has clouded the real issue. Why in the world was Rivera pitching four out of five days in the first place in such meaningless games? No wonder he hurt his shoulder.