Mark Teixeira took a few dry swings and gripped a bat two days after injuring his pinkie finger while sliding into home plate and…he didn’t make much progress.
“Pretty painful,” Teixeira said. “But I’m going to go out, run around, stretch, hopefully some blood flow will help, get it warm. During the day, as the day goes on, hopefully it just keeps getting a little better.”
Teixeira said he was going to do tee and toss in the indoor cage but the Yankees have to determine if he’s available to pinch-hit before he can be placed in the lineup as a regular tomororw. The cut is on his left pinky, so he says he’ll have a better time batting left-handed…but he hasn’t put on a glove or hit. Still, Joe Girardi considers Mark Teixeira day-to-day.
“There’s a big cut and then there’s the bruising and then the joints probably sprained a little bit too,” Teixeira said. “It’s just sore. I’m not sure if it’ll get worse, but it definitely needs to get better.”
— Michael Pineda is making a start for Scranton Wilkes-Barre tonight (I’m actually watching the game right now). I’ll have Pineda’s final line once he finishes his outing but one person who’s going to wait until after Pineda’s outing to assess him is Joe Girardi.
“Chances are it will be flashed on our TV screen in the video room and someone will give me a report,” Girardi said. “But for the most part I’ll check in after.”
— Masahiro Tanaka played catch again and he threw 25 pitches from 60 feet and 25 pitches from 90 feet. He’ll throw 90 feet again tomorrow and he’ll have the day off on Sunday. He’ll need to throw at least 120 feet before the Yankees will let him throw a flat bullpen session.
“He said he felt good,” Girardi said.