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Yankees pregame: Teixeira still iffy on playoff opener

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Sep 22, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Heyman here for Chad today. So Mark Teixeira fielded grounders, did light jogging and took outdoor batting practice for the first time since aggravating his calf strain in Baltimore.

“Everything felt fine,” Teixeira said. “I obviously wasn’t pushing it really out there. But it was a good workout.”

Tomorrow he plans to ramp up the activity a bit more and then head for Tampa in the afternoon. He still has no timetable for a return.

“I’m just going to take it day by day,” Teixeira said. “That’s the plan this time around.”

If he’s still having problems when the first game of the playoffs gets here — the Yankees’ magic number for at least drawing a wild card is down to seven — Teixeira isn’t sure if he will be in there anyway.

“I have no idea,” Teixeira said. “It’s a decision we’ll all have to make together.”

He has concerns, like having to make a quick move to dive for a  ball, having to have quick acceleration out of the box and having to push it on the basepaths.

“I want to be comfortable that I can do those things and not blow out again, because then we’re right back to square one,” Teixeira said. “The first game of the playoffs, we’re down one run and I need to beat out a double or beat out an infield hit and I blow out and I’m out for the rest of the playoffs, we’ve accomplished nothing. I just need to be able to play.”

But he says he’s improving.

“Sometimes walking up or down stairs, where I’m not being careful, it still feels a little tight, a little sore,” Teixeira said. “But overall it’s getting better. It’s progressing a little bit better each day.”

Curtis Granders0n, whose strikeout total is up to 182 and whose average is down to .232 (albeit with 39 homers and 94 RBI), is out of the lineup. “Just a day (off),” Joe Girardi said.

Girardi said he probably won’t have Rafael Soriano available for this game after he saves both ends of Wednesday’s doubleheader and blew the save last night. Soriano was experiencing what he felt was normal soreness last night. “I’m pretty sure that would go away,” Girardi said.

Girardi said he wasn’t sure if David Robertson will be available, either, after having appeared three straight days.

Ivan Nova will start today, coming off a good outing in his return to the rotation.

“We want to get him on a roll,” Girardi said.

Brett Gardner still hasn’t been activated.

The Yankees bring a one-game lead into this game.

“It’s playoff baseball in the month of September,” Girardi said. “… I think the guys are handling it very well and having fun.”

 
 

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