Brian Cashman says Reggie Jackson wasn’t banned from Yankees, but was asked to stay away


Brian Cashman said yesterday that contrary to reports Reggie Jackson wasn’t “banned” from being involved with the Yankees following his comments about Alex Rodriguez and performance-enhancing drugs.

However, the general manager did admit that the team asked Jackson to stay away during their first half-ending road trip to Boston to avoid distractions.

So, more like “asked nicely to go away for a while” instead of “banned.”

“I’d rather get it out of the way because as far as I’m concerned, it’s not a big deal anymore,” Cashman told Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger. “If he’s not banned, there is no story.”

You’d be surprised, Brian …

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.