TRENTON, N.J. – Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is not expecting to make any major moves today as New York opens a key three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles.
He’s not ruling out a move that would bring an addition eligible for the postseason, but it’s not likely.
“If there is a player out there who can contribute to what we’re doing, and help us in an area of need, we’ll consider it,’’ Cashman said. “I just don’t see it.’’
Cashman and other Yankees brass were in Trenton Thursday for the signing of an eight-year extension of the Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Trenton Thunder that will keep their Double-A farm team with the New Jersey franchise until 2022.
“This is where we want to be, and we are in Trenton as long as they want us,’’ said Cashman. “It’s the perfect relationship.’’
Turning attention to the business at hand with the Orioles in the Bronx, Cashman, naturally chose to concentrate on his team, which faces a crucial 10-game stretch with the three at home with Baltimore, three at Tampa Bay and four at Baltimore.
“I haven’t really paid that much attention to Baltimore, except that I know they’ve been winning and playing goods baseball,’’ he said. “It’s another series we have to win. Every game is like a new season,
“We just have to play the way we are capable.’’
The Yankees did not play well vs. Toronto, losing 2-of-3 to the cellar-dwellers in the AL east, allowing the Orioles to close within three games of the Yankees.
“During a 162-game season, every team goes through times like that,’’ said Cashman. “We didn’t play well. We’ll play better. We have a good team.’’
One member of that team, attempting to return to action, is Alex Rodriguez, who has been sidelined since July 24, when he was hit by a pitch by Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and suffered a broken left hand.
He will serve as the designated hitter for Class-A Tampa this weekend. If all goes well, A-Rod could return to the Yankees next week.
"We'll be traveling down to him, so I'm certainly not ruling it out," Cashman said. "But let's see what we see this weekend. After that, we will re-evaluate.’’
The news is not as encouraging for two other injured Yankees, pitcher Andy Pettitte and outfielder Brett Gardner.
Pettitte is still, at best, a few weeks away, while Gardner is not in the Yankees plans for this season.
“Until we get Andy on the mound – he’s been throwing off flat ground – we really don’t know,’’ said Cashman. “There is no timetable.’’
Nor will there likely be time for Pettitte to make a Minor League Rehabilitation start, even with Trenton and Class-AAA Scranton in the playoffs at their levels.
Pettitte would have to “rehab’’ by pitching simulated games.
As far as Gardner, who has been mentioned by some as a possible pinch-runner after surgery on his right elbow.
“No, I’m not thinking that way at all with Brett,’’ said Cashman. “He has to be able to play defense if he is going to be used as a late-inning replacement.’’
So, barring any last-minute surprise, look for Cashman and the Yankees to stand pat.
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