Russell Martin puts Laz Diaz incident behind him

Russell Martin of the Yankees hits an RBI Russell Martin of the Yankees hits an RBI double in the second inning during a game against the Seattle Mariners. (May 12, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

advertisement | advertise on newsday

DETROIT -- Russell Martin heard from Joe Torre regarding Wednesday night's spat with umpire Laz Diaz, but he doesn't expect anything to come from it.

"He spoke to Laz and he wanted to speak to me, just to get both sides of the story," Martin said of Torre, MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations. "I haven't been told anything. I don't want anybody to get fined. It's old news to me."

Martin criticized Diaz after Wednesday's game in Anaheim, saying the plate umpire tried to bait him into getting ejected by not allowing him to throw the ball back to the pitcher when a new one was put in play after foul balls.

While saying "I don't regret anything I said," Martin didn't place all the blame on Diaz. "It was just one of those childish things, both sides," he said.

Neither Martin nor Joe Girardi expects any retribution from Diaz or other umpires. "Even if they wanted to hold a grudge, the whole world's watching what's going on," Martin said. "And they don't want to deal with criticism. I don't think they ever try to favor anybody. I don't think it's going to be an issue."

Said Girardi: "We may not see him [Diaz] for three months. I'm not concerned. And I'm sure baseball will watch and he understands that too. This will die."

Asked a general question about how umpires are evaluated, Girardi smiled. "That's a story for when I'm not managing," he said. "And we don't have enough time. And I'm sure there's things that umpires would like to see different, too, with managers."

Gardner in a week?

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Brett Gardner (strained right elbow) took batting practice in the cage at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa and Girardi said, "I think it's possible you could have him next weekend or the series after that."

David Robertson (oblique strain), who also is in Tampa, will throw a bullpen session Saturday. He is at least two weeks from returning.

Goes by fast

Friday was the 20th anniversary of the Yankees' selection of Derek Jeter with the sixth pick in the 1992 amateur draft. "Hard to believe it's been that long," Girardi said. "You think about what he's done over his career, it's been remarkable. Twenty years goes way too fast. That's probably what comes to mind the most."

You also may be interested in: