Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he had no knowledge that pitching coach Dave Eiland would be fired following the season, but a person with knowledge of the situation said the relationship between Eiland and Girardi went south after Eiland returned in June from his nearly monthlong personal leave of absence, according to a report on ESPN.com.
The report, citing the source, said that upon his return, Eiland believed his opinions were de-emphasized.
It is unclear if by the end of the season if Eiland and Girardi were working better together. Neither could be reached for comment Saturday.
After the Yankees lost in the American League Championship Series to the Rangers, general manager Brian Cashman said it was his decision alone to make the change. Girardi said he had no warning that Cashman might want to make a change until Cashaman told him.
•Pitcher Hisanori Takahashi and the Mets have pushed back a decision on whether he will sign a 2011 contract until Nov. 5.