03/15/09 4:20 PM ET
MRIs for Cano, Marte pushed back
Examinations moved to Monday; Cashman updates A-Rod's status
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the club would have access to better equipment by delaying the MRI scans for one day. Team physician Chris Ahmad will see both players in Tampa, Fla.
Initial examinations by Ahmad performed on Saturday revealed tendinitis in Cano's right shoulder and inflammation in Marte's left shoulder.
Both Cano and Marte initially said that they did not need the MRI exams, but the Yankees will have them performed anyway for the sake of completeness.
Cashman said that the respective injuries for both players were "yellow flags," likening them to the tweaked right shoulder that prompted catcher Jorge Posada to rest for two days earlier in camp. Cashman hoped rest and recovery would be the ultimate diagnosis for both players.
But he also used Alex Rodriguez's arthroscopic hip surgery as an example of the possibility that it could always be something more.
"When we sent Alex out, we thought he was going to have a cyst drained," Cashman said.
Cano said that he had been feeling tightness in his right shoulder since before he left for the World Baseball Classic on March 2. He never mentioned it to the Yankees and played every game for the Dominican Republic in the tournament.
Cano returned to the Yankees and pinch-hit in New York's 3-1 Grapefruit League victory over the Astros on Saturday. He also pinch-hit in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Twins on Sunday, popping out for Hideki Matsui.
"He can DH -- he's just not going to do anything throwing-wise," Cashman said.
Despite both players returning from the Classic nicked up, Cashman said the tournament is accomplishing "the greater good" of growing Major League Baseball internationally.
"You have some great story lines going on," Cashman said. "It doesn't mean it's not difficult. Of course we'd love to have our entire team here together, working every day.
"At the same time, when you see the Netherlands and Puerto Rico do what they just did, Cuba playing Japan -- you find yourself checking the box scores. That's good for our game."
Cashman also updated A-Rod's situation, saying he received a text message from Rodriguez, who told him he was off crutches and "feeling good." Cashman said that he had no timetable on when Rodriguez could rejoin the Yankees in Tampa to continue his rehabilitation.
"I've got such a comfort level in the hands that he's in," Cashman said. "I just know that he's doing what he's supposed to be doing. When he gets in a position that he can get back on a field and get back to Tampa, that's when I'll get more involved."
Bombers bits: The Yankees made six more cuts before Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Minnesota Twins. ... Right-hander Ian Kennedy was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while catcher Kyle Anson, right-hander Christian Garcia, right-hander Mark Melancon, catcher Jesus Montero and infielder Kevin Russo were reassigned to Minor League camp. ... New York now has 52 players remaining in camp.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.