Cashman: “I have a personal and professional life”

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman addressed his alleged affair on Sunday in Yankees camp, likely in the hope that it won’t be a lingering topic of discussion throughout the team’s time in Tampa.

Via Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York:

“I have a professional and personal life,” Cashman told reporters on the day pitchers and catchers reported at Yankees spring training. “I will continue to do my job to the best of my abilities.”

The whole thing is ugly and undoubtedly damaging to Cashman’s personal reputation, but the Yankees pay him to make baseball decisions and they have great reason to be satisfied with the job he has done.

Cashman’s issues at home are … well … issues at home.

Unless Yankees ownership finds evidence of his job performance being negatively affected by the mess (or the coverage of it), they’re going to stay the course and hope for quiet. It’s hard to imagine what that evidence would even look like.

Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.