As Tuesday crept toward Wednesday, a surreal scene played out on the ground floor of Yankees Stadium. On one side of the Yankees’ clubhouse, Ichiro Suzuki described the walkoff homer that ferried his team to a 4-3 victory over Texas. Across the room, Hiroki Kuroda discussed dueling with countryman Yu Darvish. “It’s a great win for us,” manager Joe Girardi had said a few minutes earlier.

Yet outside the clubhouse, a growing crowd of reporters waited for general manager Brian Cashman. The fate of first baseman Mark Teixeira’s injured wrist was in question. In a more explosive, if less pressing bit of agita, Cashman had lobbed a verbal grenade toward third baseman Alex Rodriguez midway through his team’s first walkoff victory in 2013.

After Rodriguez posted a message on Twitter that contradicted the team’s rehabilitation schedule for his return from hip surgery, Cashman snapped. He told ESPN New York that “Alex should just shut the (expletive) up,” a ringing rebuke that hinted at the team’s deepening feud with their highest-paid player.

As the players wrapped up their interviews, the group outside swelled. The stakeout proved futile. Cashman had already left, a team spokesman said. He would not clarify his comments on Rodriguez. And he would not address the lingering anxiety about Teixeira, who could require season-ending surgery. Teixeira met with the team’s medical staff during the afternoon. After the game, Girardi said he had not received an update on Teixeira.

For the Yankees (42-34), the potential loss of Teixeira leaves a hole in the lineup. Cashman has been open about his persistence in the trade market. What he seeks should surprise no one. The Yankees entered Tuesday’s games ranked 12th in the American League in runs. As a group, their right-handed hitters posted a measly .601 OPS, the lowest mark in the major leagues.

“They’re looking for offense,” said one National League executive, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the situation. “I know they’re looking for some right-handed bats.”