Reggie Jackson could return soon

NEW YORK -- From New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman's perspective, Reggie Jackson could rejoin the team as soon as Friday.

"I think you could see him as early as Friday," Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. "He is not banned."

After making disparaging remarks about Alex Rodriguez and fellow Hall of Famers Gary Carter and Kirby Puckett in Sports Illustrated, Jackson was told by the Yankees not to go to Fenway Park last weekend because they wanted to avoid a media distraction.

ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney reported Monday that the Yankees informed Jackson to stay away from the team indefinitely. A baseball official with knowledge of the Yankees' thinking told ESPNNewYork.com on Monday that the timeout was a "cooling-off period, but not a death penalty."

Cashman said he doesn't know for certain when Jackson, a special adviser, will return to the team.

"I don't think Reggie is banned from the team," Cashman said. "He was just asked to stay away from Boston because we were on Fox national TV and ESPN national TV and there is a lot of media and it was certainly something our players didn't need extra stuff to deal with playing four games in Boston in three days. He was asked just to stay away for that reason."

As a special adviser for the club, Jackson is not always with the team but is around a good amount of the time. One of the things he does is counsel players like Rodriguez. Jackson said there was a "cloud" over Rodriguez's all-time numbers because of his admitted performance-enhancing drug use.

"With friends like that, who needs enemies?" Rodriguez said.

On Monday, Jackson told The New York Times that he agreed with the decision to skip last weekend in Boston.

"It was just a mutual thing where it was best," Jackson said. "The clubhouse is a very small place [in Boston], and all the media was there. I didn't want to be a disruption."