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Steinbrenner: Jeter, Mo will have to wait on extensions

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter smiles as

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter smiles as he addresses a tent full of media during baseball spring training at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Hal Steinbrenner declined to pile onto Alex Rodriguez Tuesday morning, but he did shed more light on why Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Joe Girardi will have to wait until season's end for their contract extensions.

Steinbrenner, the Yankees' managing general partner, appeared at Yankee Stadium to announce the Pinstripe Bowl, a college football bowl game that will be held at Dec. 30. He smiled when, following the formal proceedings, a group of reporters asked him about A-Rod's involvement with Dr. Anthony Galea.

"There's really nothing more to say than what we said last week. We didn't know Alex was seeing this doctor," Steinbrenner said. "I'm told that he's going to cooperate with the authorities in full, answer some questions for them. Until that's done, there's not much to add."

When asked his reaction to Galea's comments (to the Associated Press) Monday, that Galea treated Rodriguez with anti-inflammatory medication but nothing else, Steinbrenner asked, "Who do we play today?"

In discussing the Yankees' decision not to extend impending free agents Jeter and Rivera, as well as the manager Girardi, Steinbrenner said, "People just have to understand that everybody conducts business in a different way. I just don't believe in contract extensions. And that's throughout the organization. Hopefully nobody takes that personally. It's just business."

"I've got a great relationship with them all. I've expressed to all of them that they're a part of the Yankee family."

He added: "I'm just not big on exceptions. You can ask. I think it opens too many doors. I'm just a stubborn guy. I stick to policy."

Extra work pays

Nick Johnson has been working with hitting coach Kevin Long on pulling inside pitches, a process that started during the winter when Long saw video of the designated hitter. Johnson, who visited Long in Arizona during the offseason, pulled two homers to right Tuesday.

"It was striking that his back foot was sliding out and collapsing," Long said. "I thought that was one of the first areas we'd address. What I felt when I looked at it was he was going to get to the inside pitch."

Cervelli improving

Joe Girardi said Francisco Cervelli, after receiving the all-clear from a neurologist Monday, should play Friday.

Cervelli, beaned on Saturday, said he was still feeling low on energy but, "it's better than [Monday] so I think [today] it will be 100 percent."

Extra bases

Chan Ho Park, whose Monday batting practice session was pushed to Tuesday because of a sore glute, said he felt "very good," after throwing 35 pitches . . . Edwar Ramirez, designated for assignment last week when Park officially signed, was traded to the Rangers for cash considerations . . . Women in Sports and Events (WISE) announced that Yankees assistant general manager Jean Afterman was one of the recipients of the 2010 WISE Women of the Year Award.


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