steinbrenner: NO DEAL TALKS, BUT LOVE GIRARDI
TAMPA — Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner doesn't plan on talking with Joe Girardi about a new contract in the near future but spoke highly of the manager's performance.
Girardi is in the final season of a $16 million, four-year deal and is beginning his 10th season as Yankees manager.
"We love Joe," Steinbrenner said Wednesday at Steinbrenner Field after the team's first workout this year. "Look, Joe is one of many people who work in this organization that have contracts, and I treat all of them the same. I don't deal with it until the contract is close to up or is up. I'm sure we'll be talking, maybe, toward the end of the year."
GM Brian Cashman is also in the final season of his contract.
"I think he's done great," Steinbrenner said.
The Yankees were 84-78 last season and have missed the playoffs three of the past four years.
BRAVES: Former Ray Sean Rodriguez had surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder. Braves GM John Coppolella said the team "won't rule him out for the year." The infielder hurt his shoulder when a vehicle he was driving was rammed by a stolen police car in Miami on Jan. 28. Rodriguez, 31, played for the Rays from 2010-14.
CARDINALS: Top pitching prospect Alex Reyes has a complete rupture of a ligament in his right elbow and will require Tommy John surgery. Reyes, 22, will require 12 to 18 months to recover.
DODGERS: Reliever Sergio Romo signed a $3 million, one-year deal with the team.
Doctors' orders sideline Tiger
Back spasms not only kept Tiger Woods from playing at Riviera Country Club, they forced him to cancel a news conference for the Genesis Open at Palisades Park, Calif. The tournament said in a statement that after getting daily treatment the past four days, Woods, the tournament host, was advised by doctors to limit all activities. Woods has not played Riviera, his hometown PGA event, since 2006.
SOCCER: Host Real Madrid beat Napoli 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 matchup. Also, host Bayern Munich routed Arsenal 5-1.