Hello, friends. Josh Thomson here in for Chad tonight.
If you missed my Twitter update from this afternoon, Mark Teixeira said that he expects to play tomorrow night in Chicago.
“That’s the goal,” he said. “I guess I could probably push it today, but we don’t really want any setbacks. We don’t want anything to get inflamed again, so we’re just going to take it easy again.”
Wearing a compression sleeve on his left wrist, Teixeira took ground balls and did some throwing at first during batting practice. He did not appear to experience any discomfort.
He still has not swung a bat, knowing from experience that rest is the best remedy. He will attempt to hit prior to tomorrow night’s game, but expects to feel fine. He has not received a second cortisone shot and has no immediate plans to.
“I have a good feeling that it’s getting better,” Teixeira said. “This is the third day off. Two weeks ago I took three days off and it felt pretty good. We’re just kind of doing a second round of that off time.”
Joe Girardi is more cautious. He wants to see Teixeira swing pain-free before penciling the first baseman back into the lineup.
“We’ll have to see when he goes through some drills tomorrow how he feels,” Girardi said. “We might have a late lineup or a lineup change depending on what happens. But we’re going to give it a day and see where he is tomorrow.”
• Curtis Granderson will start a game batting cleanup for the first time as a Yankee and only the second time in his career. In his only other start as a cleanup hitter Granderson went 1 for 4 with a solo home run as a Tiger.
A recent slump had basically sent Granderson’s batting average to a season-low .235, but he has responded with consecutive two-hit games. Both included a homer.
“I think it’s important,” Girardi said. “He went through somewhat of a difficult time, but he seems to be coming out of it. Maybe it was the couple days off we gave him. I like the way he’s swinging now.”
Girardi said another factor in his decision tonight was Granderson’s success against Boston starter Josh Beckett.
• Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte were both scheduled to receive X-rays at some point tonight. Rodriguez continued to work out on the field prior to the game. Tonight, he fielded balls barehanded near third base and made various throws to first.
• Here’s Girardi on whether Pedro Feliciano, who threw another scoreless inning last night, should be considered a serious option this season: “We hope so. We hope that he’s a player in September. I think that’s why he’s going through what he’s going through. If we didn’t think he could help us, we wouldn’t be putting him through this.”