"He's been banged up and hurt," Cashman said. "When he's healthy, I know he can swing the bat."
Even if Adams had not been released on Tuesday, the Yankees would have eventually had to make a move with him later to clear room on the 40-man roster, according to Cashman.
• Cashman said that he will not consider moving Teixeira to the 60-day disabled list because the organization believes there is a chance he will be ready to return from his partially torn right tendon sheath before June.
"I'm not going to all of a sudden put ourselves in a position where he's ready the second week of May, but I've got to wait for it," Cashman said. "I can't do that. Those games are too important."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.