Bombers bits

• Torre, in his role as Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations, said that umpire Laz Diaz "certainly has to take his share of the blame" for a pair of incidents during Monday's game against the Angels in Anaheim.

Diaz ejected both Girardi and right-hander Shawn Kelley in the contest. Girardi was tossed for arguing balls and strikes, but he was most irked by Diaz's dismissive actions behind the plate, and Girardi said that he believed Diaz had instigated the situation.

"We certainly look at it and we address it," Torre said. "There's passion. Players aren't the only ones who share the passion here. You have the managers and the umpires, and Laz is a good guy. Sometimes he does things that without thinking they're going to be perceived the way they're perceived. ... He certainly, I think, contributed to what took place that night."

Torre said that he would speak to Girardi, who said that he has moved on.

"It's all over now," Girardi said.

• Right-hander Michael Pineda (right shoulder muscle) has been exercising and is close to playing catch. The Yankees have estimated that Pineda, who was officially placed on the disabled list on May 6, will need three to four weeks to return to the rotation.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.