Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he has no regrets about how he handled his team's infield during the offseason, even with Mark Teixeira already on the disabled list and his backup catcher doubling as an option at first base.
"We were very open about our intentions [during the offseason],'' Cashman said before Friday night's game. "We wanted to fix as much as we could but acknowledged we couldn't fix everything that needed to be addressed.''
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The Yankees committed big-money contracts in the offseason to Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka.
Smaller bites were taken in addressing infield holes, including the signings of Brendan Ryan and Brian Roberts. Roberts, injury-prone the previous four years, has been healthy to this point, but Ryan looks as if he'll be on the DL well into May, and perhaps beyond, with a pinched nerve in his back.
Because of Teixeira's hamstring injury, Kelly Johnson shifted from third to first, with catcher Francisco Cervelli serving as Johnson's backup. Rookie Yangervis Solarte has become the everyday third baseman.
"The better talent was really heavily in favor of the outfield more so than the infield,'' Cashman said of the free-agent class. "And so I don't have any regrets. We pulled down the players that we targeted.''
Cashman said he hopes Teixeira and David Robertson (groin strain) will return when their stints on the 15-day disabled list are up, but he knows better than to say he's positive they will.
"I'm not ready to say that yet,'' Cashman said. "I know they hope they can be and I certainly hope they will be, but I think it's still too early in the process to say yet.''
Ringing in new year
Ellsbury and Matt Thornton, members of the 2013 world champion Red Sox, received their rings from Boston manager John Farrell in a private ceremony Friday afternoon.
"Probably a pretty exciting day for him and Jake [Ellsbury],'' Joe Girardi said. "It's something that both of them obviously had to go out and earn, and I'm sure they're very proud of it.''