Brian Cashman was just on ESPN radio with Ryan Ruocco and Stephen A. Smith. A few things to note.
• Cashman confirmed the Travis Hafner signing. Asked whether Hafner will be a Yankee, Cashman said, “yes.” The team has yet to officially announce the signing.
• Cashman would not comment on the ongoing Alex Rodriguez situation. It’s no surprise, but he said the team has decided to not comment and referred to the previously released statement from the team. “I am not commenting other than we are in full cooperation with Major League Baseball,” he said.
• Are the Yankees looking into being able to void Rodriguez’s contract? “I’m not going to comment on anything,” Cashman said. “I could say, and would say, those types of suggestions or speculations are all premature until you have facts (from MLB’s investigation).”
• The Yankees first learned of the New Times story a week ago when they received a letter from the newspaper explaining the situation and seeking comment from Rodriguez. “Our immediate reaction was, once we saw that, we turned it over to Major League Baseball,” Cashman said.
• Are the Yankees resigned to the idea of not having Rodriguez at all this year? “Alex we’re expecting back in the summer,” Cashman said. “… If we can get Alex back under that scenario as expected, that will certainly be a significant contribution as we move forward. But to count on it, I think, would be a mistake from my position as a general manager.”
• Derek Jeter’s rehab from ankle surgery is going as expected. He’s taking ground balls directly at him — not fielding side-to-side yet — and hitting in the cage. The Yankees have been told that, medically, Jeter should be fine to begin running, but the Yankees are going to wait and make running the last thing he does. “We’re just going to take him out slowly because we have time,” Cashman said. “The goal is starting shortstop Opening Day against Boston. There’s no reason that’s not going to happen. He’s really 100 percent healthy and he’s just now knocking the rust off.”
• Cashman did not going into specifics about Michael Pineda’s rehab from shoulder surgery, only said that he’s been throwing off a half mound for a few days now. Certainly left no indication that there’s been any sort of setback with Pineda.