TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez apologized to Yankees brass Tuesday, and as far as one teammate is concerned, that should be enough.
"I don't know how the other guys feel, but for me, he doesn't need to apologize. Not [to] me,'' Dellin Betances said Wednesday morning at the club's minor-league complex. "He didn't do anything to me.''
Rodriguez met with managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, team president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman and assistant GM Jean Afterman for 90 minutes at Yankee Stadium and said he was sorry for his actions in recent years. Does Betances think A-Rod will feel compelled to say something to the team?
"I'm not sure, I don't know what he's planning,'' Betances said, then repeated a phrase he's used this offseason about A-Rod.
"For me, I'm going to welcome him with open arms. I'm just ready to play with him and see him help us win and contribute in whatever way he can.''
Another Yankees pitcher, Michael Pineda, said he was not aware of Tuesday's meeting.
"Sorry, but I didn't see anything,'' Pineda said. "I'm focused on coming here and working hard every day.''
Pineda joined the Yankees before the 2012 season, but because of his injuries and Rodriguez's season-long 2014 suspension, the two never have been on the field in pinstripes at the same time. It is something Pineda is looking forward to.
"I've never played together with him,'' Pineda said, "but I hear he's a nice [person]. I respect him, too.''
Among teammates who have spoken publicly about A-Rod recently, a common theme has emerged: Rodriguez was a good teammate in the past, and their only concern is how well he can play at 39 after a year off.
"I know it's going to be crazy with some things, but personally I'm going to treat him the way I always treat him,'' Ivan Nova said Tuesday. "He has been a good teammate to me, so that's why I say I'm looking forward to seeing him.''