A few things from Brian Cashman on The Michael Kay Show this afternoon.
• Masahiro Tanaka “still feels it,” Cashman said. “On a daily basis it decreases, so that’s good. But it’s not good that he’s still feeling it at this stage. Just day by day and week by week, and we’ll adjust accordingly. Right now, it’s too early to call.”
• On Mark Teixeira’s strained lat, Cashman said, “I can’t rule out a DL possibility.” But much like Joe Girardi said this afternoon, it depends on how Teixeira responds to the PRP injection, and the Yankees won’t know that for another 24 or 48 hours.
• Cashman gave a flat “no” answer when asked if Manny Banuelos could help the big league team this year. “He has not had a good year the first year back from Tommy John,” Cashman said. “Last night was a terrific start, and his best start of the season.”
• Pretty cut and dry reason why he hasn’t called up Rob Refsnyder. “I don’t think we would be significantly upgrading at second base right now,” Cashman said. “… If you did see him, he would be probably more likely an outfielder for us.” Cashman said Refsnyder has a legitimate chance to be the big league second baseman next year, but they don’t feel he’s ready to do that right now. Cashman said he thinks the immediate impact would be much less than outsiders might expect. “It’s a super big jump to the big league level,” Cashman said.
• If things go well, the Yankees will be Michael Pineda back in the big league rotation, “sometime in August.”
• Would he rather make a trade for a pitcher or a hitter? Cashman said it would depend on the impact, but if he had to choose between a big-time hitter or a big-time pitcher, he would choose the hitter. “But you’re asking me after watching the 14 innings last night,” he said.
• On the idea of a six-man rotation: “I buy into the fact that rest and recovery are vastly important to pitchers’ health,” Cashman said. “… But I can’t really speak to whether it’s viable. As you see, I’m scrambling right now when I’ve lost how many starters to find guys to take the ball every five days. The presumption would be, do you have six guys that can give you quality starts every six days and then also have depth behind those guys?”
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