Mark Teixeira has had an eventful 2014 season to say the least; he’s injured his hamstring, he’s stated his legs felt like cement and had inflammation in his surgically repaired right wrist. With that being said, Joe Girardi figured that today would have been a great day to get Teixeira out of the lineup.
“Just being proactive with it,” Joe Girardi said. “I know he’s played four or five days in a row here, so we thought we’d give him a day and then have him back in there tomorrow.”
Is this going to be an ongoing trend where the Yankees will play Teixeira for four to five games and then sit him?
“I hope not,” Girardi said. “He’s coming off where it was pretty sore, so I’m trying to stay a little proactive here. … I can’t tell you exactly what it’s going to be. I can’t play God or doctor here. I’m not going to try to do that, but it’s a quick turnaround, day game after a night game, and it was a pretty long game yesterday. I felt I’d give him today, and we’re in a stretch of 17 in a row, so he’s going to need a day somewhere.”
– Shawn Kelley will make another rehab start, this time with Scranton Wilkes-Barre. If that rehab start goes well, the Yankees hope Kelley can join the Yankees in Seattle for the series with the Mariners.
– The Yankees have told Francisco Cervelli, who is on his own rehab stint, to take some ground balls at first base . It doesn’t mean he’s going to play a game there, but it would never hurt to become familiar with the position.
“You never know what type of situation you’re going to get into in these types of games,” Girardi said.
– There’s nothing on the Michael Pineda front. As a matter of fact, Girardi doesn’t even have a timetable for him because he’s not throwing.
There’s still not an exact time table on him yet,” Girardi said. “He’s not playing catch yet. We’re not there year. Once he starts that, it will be easier to map it out.”
– Carlos Beltran is expected to take a day-off sometime during this road trip. “We’ll check with him too,” Girardi said. “You have to be (proactive). We’re a team where we’re not running a bunch of 25-year-old kids out there. You have to pay attention to signs and do what you can. But we also have to win games, and guys have to play, and you’re going to be a little bit beat up.