Going to have to make this quick…
Mark Teixeira went through several exercises and drills before Joe Girardi announced today’s starting lineup.
“I just needed him to tell me he felt good, his wrist,” Girardi said. “I don’t think he forgot how to hit in the last few days, so I’m not real worried about that. I just needed him to tell me his wrist felt good.”
Teixeira hasn’t played since Thursday because of wrist soreness.
“We had him go through what he needed to go through today,” Girardi said. “He said he’s ready to go and he feels good, so we’re going to put him out there.”
• The Associated Press reported today that Roger Clemens has signed to play with the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and is expected to start for the team on Saturday. His agent told the AP that Clemens’ fastball is at 87 mph. “Guys love to play,” Girardi said. “It’s in our blood. If he still feels he can play and pitch and enjoys it, I know it’s not at the big league level, but God bless him.”
• As expected, both Girardi and Brian Cashman declined to comment on the Michael Pineda arrest.
• CC Sabathia is scheduled to throw a bullpen tomorrow. The Yankees will wait until Wednesday to decide whether Sabathia will start on Friday. Extra day for CC? “I want to see how he comes out of his bullpen before we make a decision,” Giradi said.
• Girardi stressed that right now there is nothing suggesting Sabathia’s not on track to start Friday.
• Freddy Garcia is back on the mound for the Yankees tonight. “Freddy knows how to pitch is really the reason (for his success),” Girardi said. “He’s got a number of breaking pitches that he can go to. He’s not a guy that’s going to panic or ever give in. He’s knows how to locate the ball. He knows how to expand in the zone. He knows how to feed off hitters’ aggressiveness. He’s just a smart pitcher.”
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