ANAHEIM, Calif. - There almost always are areas of disagreement between a big-league manager and his front office. But Joe Girardi said the kind of friction that resulted in Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto's resignation is mostly nonexistent between him and Yankees GM Brian Cashman.
"We've had a great relationship from Day 1,'' said Girardi, hired in October 2007. "I feel like with Cash I'm allowed to voice my opinion and never have to worry that I'm going to upset him. You're not always going to see eye to eye on everything but that's the nature of the business. But there's a lot of mutual respect.''
On Monday, FoxSports.com reported ongoing conflict between Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Dipoto, and yesterday Dipoto resigned. Scioscia declined to comment before Wednesday's game.
Girardi said it helps the dynamic if the general manager picks his manager. Scioscia has been the Angels' manager since 2000; Dipoto became GM after the 2011 season.
Girardi added: "It's probably extremely important for job security, too, that you're on the same page.''
No DL for Beltran
Carlos Beltran, who left Tuesday's game with a "pinch'' in his left rib cage, felt "better" yesterday. He will have tests Thursday or Friday and is day to day. The Yankees called up outfielder Taylor Dugas from Trenton just for Wednesday's game.
Jacoby Ellsbury, scratched from a rehab start Tuesday with "general fatigue,'' started in centerfield Wednesday night for Class-A Tampa. A return to the Yankees Friday night remains possible.