Mark Teixeira’s wife had a baby this morning, Robinson Cano started feeling sick yesterday, Jorge Posada played three games in a row and Curtis Granderson has long struggled against left-handed pitchers.
All of that left Joe Girardi’s lineup options extremely limited. For the first time this season, someone other than Teixeira is the No. 3 hitter, and his replacement is Marcus Thames, who got the last spot on the bench in spring training.
“You look at Marcus’s at-bats against left-handers,” Girardi said. “He’s been outstanding this year. He’s seen C.J. Wilson, so we felt we would put him in the third spot and go from there.”
The situation might not be much different tomorrow.
Teixeira: “I expect to have him some time in Kansas City,” Girardi said. “We want to make sure everything is OK, so I think it will be sometime in Kansas City.”
Cano: “I hope I feel better tomorrow,” Cano said. “I didn’t have energy yesterday. Just tried to play, and I don’t want to take a chance again today.”
Posada: Girardi said he won’t commit to a lineup until he has to, but it’s been a long, long time since Posada caught Javier Vazquez. He could DH, but that would leave Thames in the outfield in place of either Swisher or Kearns.
Granderson: Girardi hinted that Granderson will start tomorrow against Cliff Lee. Granderson is a career .300 hitter in 40 at-bats against Lee.
• Teixeira’s son’s name is William Charles Teixeira.
• Cano is available to pinch hit, Girardi said.
• Joba Chamberlain is almost certainly not available. Girardi said he would have to check with Boone Logan to make sure he could use his only lefty reliever.
• Girardi said he has checked with Gene Monahan to make sure Alex Rodriguez’ ankle is OK, but “I anticipate he’s over it,” Girardi said.
• Andy Pettitte is not with the team. He’s already down in Tampa scheduled to face hitters on Thursday.
• Alfredo Aceves begins a rehab assignment tonight.
• Not much of an update on Damaso Marte: “He’s just kind of plowing along here, and he’s gotten stronger,” Girardi said. “He hasn’t done any work off a mound yet, but he’s playing catch and he’s throwing harder and things are better.”
Associated Press photo of Granderson