Before we get to the pregame notes, I’d like to wish every dad out there a very, very Happy Father’s Day, including mine. If we’re being honest, if it weren’t for my dad, I never would have been interested in the New York Yankees and without his guidance, I could have very well ended up being a Boston Red Sox fan while living in New York City. Becoming a Yankee fan happened by accident, but as far as accidents go, it was the best accident to ever occur.
When Mark Teixeira was a late night scratch from the lineup, fans figured it was another injury that could have sidelined him for a while. He was already on the disabled list with a hamstring issue and missed a few games with his wrist. Teixeira spoke last night about the location of his back spasm and how it got worse throughout the afternoon.
“Kind of below the left shoulder,” he said. “Hopefully it’s a one-day thing. … This morning I woke up and was a little tight. We tried to loosen it up, did a lot of treatment before BP. After BP, it really started spasming up on me. Joe thought it was best if I didn’t play tonight.”
Joe Girardi left the option of Teixeira being in the lineup for today’s game, and when the lineup card was released, his name was penciled in at first base for the West Coast series finale. Now, he was penciled in yesterday and scratched fifteen minutes before the first pitch, so we’ll have to see if this time it sticks. The Yankees are crossing their fingers this doesn’t flare up again. They had to use Brian McCann at first yesterday, and while he wasn’t bad defensively, he’s no Mark Teixeira.
— The Yankees announced that they released pitcher Brian Gordon from his minor league contract. He was the first player to use a synthetic glove, dating back to 2011.
— Were you confused as to why Shawn Kelley came in the game in the fifth inning last night? No worries, Girardi explained everything.
“I wasn’t going to use (Dellin) Betances,” Girardi said. “So and I would have used Adam (Warren) for a couple of inning tonight, and in that situation I wanted a guy who had the ability to strike people out and that’s why I went to him.
— Speaking of Father’s Day, I was reading a well written story by Yankees.com writer Bryan Hoch about Brett Gardner and how his father influenced him to be a hard worker. I was well aware of Gardner’s story on how he eventually became the Yankees starting left fielder, but to read his father’s story was very inspiring, not to mention beautiful.