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Friday, June 4, 2010
Yanks' pitching coach on personal leave

By Andrew Marchand

TORONTO -- New York Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland is taking a personal leave of absence from the team.

"We'll carry on as business as usual," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Just as when you have a player go down, we'll make it work."

Bullpen coach Mike Harkey will be the pitching coach until Eiland returns. Harkey, a former major leaguer, has been a pitching coach in the minors with the Padres. Charlie Wonsowicz, an advance scout and the Yankees' head video coordinator, will serve as the bullpen coach.

Reached in New York, general manager Brian Cashman said he probably will add a coach from the farm system by Tuesday.

"I'll probably do something temporarily," Cashman said.

Cashman would not say or does not know how long Eiland will be absent.

Girardi declined to give any details as to the nature of Eiland's issues.

"That's all I'm going to give you," Girardi said.

Cashman added, "He's going to take the time he needs. That's it. We'll get him back as soon as practical."

Girardi did say there were no problems between Eiland and him. Cashman said the nature of the Eiland's issue was "nobody's business."

Andrew Marchand covers baseball for You can follow him on Twitter.