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In his own words: The Cashman conversation

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 17, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This afternoon, it was morning. For me, anyway. I spent most of the off day in California, jumped on the Brian Cashman conference call at noon Pacific Time, put the basics on the blog and then headed north on the 405 to catch a flight back to New York. I’m actually in the air right now.

In the scramble of catching a flight, put the basics of Cashman’s conference call on the blog using the notes I was taking during the call. Here are the extended quotes on some of the bigger topics of discussion.

Mark TeixeiraOn the long-term concern for Mark Teixeira…
“Like before the season started, when this injury hit, he’ll either get through it or he’ll have to have surgery. The MRI showed no new tear, it’s not a re-injury there; it’s inflammation of the tendon. But is this something that’s a recurring theme because of the previous injury that’s going to prevent him from being all he can be? If that’s the case, he’ll have to have surgery. That’s not a long-term concern; it would be a this-year concern. It could be as simple as it got inflamed, we have to calm it down and then turn him loose and he doesn’t have an issue going forward, or it’s a much broader issue that has every relevance to that injury and it’s not going to survive. I can’t tell you. I don’t think anybody honestly can tell you right now. The experts looking at the MRI diagnosed it as an inflamed tendon, and clearly it’s related to the injury he had in the spring. Is it something that’s going t prevent him from playing? Is it something that’s going to eventually force him to have the surgery? I can’t rule any of that stuff out.”

On whether the Yankees would consider using Teixeira as a right-handed hitter…
“I haven’t thought about it. I would tell you this: I would think that if it’s something that is going to prevent him from playing, that would make him a part-time player, I’d rather he just go get it fixed (with surgery). Up until him pulling himself from the game because he was having issues, there’s been no conversations that have been conveyed to our medical staff, our doctors, front office, that he was having any issues at any time.”

On Kevin Long’s comments about Teixeira…
“It’s alarming in the fact that K-Long would say that to the group of the reporters, but he never said that prior to that. This is a lot of times how things work out when things go bad, things get said that, if K-Long felt that way, he should have been saying that from day one, but we never heard that from K-Long. Before anyone asks, am I mad at Kevin Long because of that? No. But do I think that that commentary jibes with Kevin Long’s comments internally in that clubhouse regarding this player prior to him going down? The answer absolutely is not. So sometimes in the situation where people have a chance to say something publicly it’s a lot different, or you have a conversation with somebody saying why are you saying that today when you never said any of that in any day prior to this. That’s the only way I can answer that. So if K-Long said that, he’s a monk, because he kept his mouth shut the whole time.”

Kevin YoukilisOn the long-term concern for Kevin Youkilis…
“Back issues usually don’t get better. They can, but they’re very debilitating and hard to get a handle on. It’s definitely a concern. As of right now, I’m not planning on him until they tell me I can plan on him. He’s going to see (Dr.) Watkins and we’ll get an update on that. I can’t say I’m expecting bad news, good news or any news, but I just know he’s not the player that he can be because of the back right now. Are we going to be in a position to get that player back at some point throughout this season? It would be nice, but just don’t know what the issue is and what’s possible. The early process of what he’s been dealing with, the full expectation was that the time out would help and he would be back. That obviously hasn’t happened. Medicine is an inexact science, it’s trial and error. They can see something, they can work through it, but again, when people continue to fail in a rehab process, then you’re dealing with a much more concerning issue.”

On whether Youkilis’s back issue was a concern this winter…
“He passed his physical, came in through flying colors, and that’s with a history of back issues and certainly having a full diagnostic workup. And (there was) a comfort level of knowing the White Sox offered him a two-year deal and that’s where he just came from.”

On whether Cashman has looked into trade upgrades for the offense…
Man, I’ve been active already. I feel like up until recently we’ve been getting a new player in here — they weren’t relatively big splashes, but it just feels like from mid-Spring Training on, we’ve been on overdrive mixing and matching stuff. I’m always open for business if it feels like they’re incremental upgrades or significant ones. The opportunity for significant upgrade trades obviously don’t usually take place until after the June draft. We’re past that date, so I think the atmosphere should be right about there. Activities in terms of conversations have definitely increased where clubs have turned their attention to: ‘All right, what are you guys looking to do? Who do you need? Who’s available?’ Every GM is kind of cataloging the available players and team needs. From that, obviously something can transpire over time with a few more conversations. Listen, because of the injuries that have hit us from the winter and March, we’ve been active and open to try to do something that would make sense for us. I think we’ve done a lot, and we’re going to continue to try to do a lot. We’ll see where it takes us.”

On the reports on Michael Pineda…
“The reports have been really good. He’s had a very good rehab process without issues. His velo has been topping out at 94, topping out at 95, sitting at 92. Today he was up to 94, sat at 92, or today, he was up to 95, sat at 93. I think, over time, you’re going to get a chance to see more — if there’s more there — as he gets stretched out, but that’s where he’s at so far.”

It was suggested that the Yankees had at least somewhat salvaged the road trip…
“It wasn’t a good West Coast trip at all, actually; 4-6 makes it sound better than it felt. That’s because we got swept in Oakland, and especially with the 18-(inning) loss, then the extended losing streak into Anaheim for two, it puts a lot of distance between what you did in Seattle before you got into Oakland and Anaheim. We’re glad we’re off the West Coast. There are obviously a lot of ups and downs throughout the season, and that was not an enjoyable trip.”

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