Yankees GM Brian Cashman calls out hitting coach for Teixeira statement

Jim McIsaac

Cashman has sounded off on Kevin Long's "alarming" comments to the press that Mark Teixeira's wrist might not have been ready for a return to the lineup.

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is insistent that he is not mad at hitting coach Kevin Long, but you wouldn't know it from the way he talks about Long to the press.

If not anger, Cashman at least expressed disappointment Monday about Long's comment over the weekend that he wasn't sure if first baseman Mark Teixeira's right wrist "has been right" since coming off the disabled list May 31, and that Tex was having trouble swinging from the left side of the plate.

Cashman found it "alarming" that Long would make a statement to the press that didn't "jibe" with his internal discussions in the clubhouse, adding:

"If K-Long felt that way he should have been saying that from Day 1, but we never heard that... 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 in his ailing right wrist on Sunday after aggravating his injury and is likely to return to the disabled list for at least a short while. While we can't know for certain whether Long really believed that Tex was still injured or if he's trying to save face after the fact, his comments certainly don't help his standing with the front office.

The Yankees' offense jumped out to a great start despite a host of injuries, but has fallen hard back to earth over the last month. The Bombers are batting just .217/.289/.318 as a team this month, and have lost six of their last nine games.

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