Mark Teixeira did what seemed to be his final rehab game, going 2-for-4 in the process. Manager Joe Girardi said he’s encouraged about Teixeira’s progress in extended Spring Training but he wants to speak with Teixeira before any official move is made before tomorrow’s game.
“Obviously we feel that he’s ready to go,” Girardi said. “We’ll talk about it tonight. I want to talk to him when he gets here, see how he’s feeling and then we’ll go from there.”
Teixeira’s slated to be at Tropicana Field tonight as an observer–and for a meeting with Girardi. However, he fully plans to come off the disabled list tomorrow and play first base for the Yankees for the first time since April 4th. Teixeira is ready to go–and in case you’re wondering, his wrist isn’t his biggest concern at this point. If anything, he believes it was a slightly good thing he was injured since he was able to strengthen the wrist in extended spring at-bats.
“I think it’s been good for the wrist, I do,” Teixeira said. “Spring training was long and grueling and I definitely didn’t want to take 15 days off, but I take a positive in everything that happens. And that’s the positive that I’ll take from this is that my wrist got stronger.”
— Matt Daley arrived at Tropicana Field at around 2 p.m. and he’s scheduled to come out of the bullpen tonight if needed. Daley almost didn’t make the call-up, since he was begging for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders to let him pitch back to back days. He last pitched on Thursday but had four days of rest prior to that.
“He competes really well,” Girardi said. “He has good command. He throws strikes. He attacks hitters. He threw well for us last September. He had a pretty good spring training for us, so that’s why we went and got him.”
— Girardi also commented on the decision of designating Cesar Cabral for assignment fifteen minutes after last night’s game ended.
“We knew we needed a pitcher today,” Girardi said. “And we’re going to need some pitching help tomorrow as well. We decided to make the move. It’s tough. You feel for the kid. He’s given you everything he’s got, and he had some command issues last night. We just got put in kind of a tough situation, so we made a move.”
— The TBA pitcher for the Yankees for tomorrow’s series finale vs. the Rays is Vidal Nuno. It was kind of obvious after he was the only pitcher that was well rested to not come out of the bullpen in yesterday’s 11-5 loss to the Rays.
— Adam Warren is not available tonight after taking one for the team–but everyone else is. Yes, that includes David Phelps who has a bruise on his right side, just under his rib-cage. It shouldn’t hinder his pitching, but he says he’s ready to go if Girardi needs him.