Yankees GM Calls Hitting Coach Kevin Long’s Stance On Teixeira ‘Alarming’
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman insists he’s not angry with hitting coach Kevin Long. But Cashman didn’t too happy with him either when discussing Mark Teixeira’s wrist woes with reporters on Monday.
Long said Saturday night that he wasn’t sure if Teixeira’s right wrist “has been right” since coming off the disabled list on May 31.
“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,” Cashman said. “This is a lot of times how things work out when things go bad, things get said. If K-Long felt that way he should have been saying that from Day 1, but we never heard that from K-Long.”
Long said Teixeira was having more trouble swinging from the left side of the plate. He never reported the issue to team officials or the Yankees medical staff, Cashman said.
“Am I mad at Kevin Long because of that? No,” said Cashman. “But do I think that commentary jibes with Kevin Long’s comments internally in that clubhouse regarding this player prior to him going down? Absolutely not. … If K-Long said that, he’s a monk because he kept his mouth shut the whole time.”
“Some people are better with the microphone than others,” he added. “Let’s put it that way.”
Teixeira received a cortisone shot Sunday after aggravating his wrist over the weekend. The first baseman spent the first two months of the season on the DL with a sheath tear. His latest MRI revealed inflammation but no new tears.
Cashman said he was “leaning toward” placing Teixeira back on the disabled list.
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