Well, it looks like the Yankees are going to have to go another day without Mark Teixeira in their lineup. Teixeira is still experiencing some stiffness in his wrist, but there’s nothing to be alarmed about. Teixeira said he spoke to his surgeon on the phone today and the surgeon said there was nothing out of the ordinary about his symptoms. Just to be sure, Texieira is going to have an ultrasound on his wrist on Thursday when the Yankees return from their road trip.
Something interesting that did come out of this was the surgeon was surprised Teixeira’s wrist didn’t inflame sooner or more often. Even with a tightened wrist, Teixeira has been productive and the Yankees hope he can still put up those productive numbers when he returns from this teeny-tiny setback.
— Here’s some more news on the injury front: Michael Pineda, Shawn Kelley and Carlos Beltran are all making progress in their rehab. Pineda pitched in an extended Spring Training game, Kelley played catch and Beltran took some dry swings. They all reported no problems. So far, so good.
— Circle your calendars: Phil Hughes is returning to Yankee Stadium this Sunday. No, the Yankees didn’t trade for him, but the Minnesota Twins come to town for three games starting on Friday and Hughes will pitch the series finale. This should be an interesting game since I admit I haven’t seen Hughes pitch since last year.
— Remember when the Yankees bullpen was a question mark coming out of Spring Training? Two months in, the bullpen leads Major League Baseball with 190 K’s. Most of those K’s probably belong to Dellin Betances, who has 50 K’s on the season coming into tonight. Interesting stat on Betances, he’s the first rookie to notch 50 K’s in a team’s first 50 games in Major League history. That’s quite a feat there.
— Here’s another interesting stat: The Yankees are 26-6 when holding their opponent to four runs or fewer. It’s tied with the Angels for the third best record in the Majors.