The TV in Comerica Park’s visiting clubhouse was tuned to MLB Network, which reported late this morning that Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira could be back in the lineup sooner than expected. That came as news to everyone in the Yankees clubhouse, including Teixeira.
“I’m not sure where that came from,” he said. “… Eight weeks is still my timetable. Eight to 10. They’re not going to let me come back in six or seven. May 1 is right around eight weeks. I think it’s actually eight weeks and a day, so that’s kind of a nice, round number for me.”
Teixeira said there’s nothing about his rehab that’s ahead of schedule, it’s simply on schedule. His brace is off, he’s taking ground balls and strengthening, and he’s scheduled to be reexamined when the Yankees return to New York next Friday. At that point, he’s hoping to begin swinging a fungo bat.
“The good news is it feels better every day,” Teixeira said. “It’s not like I do some strengthening and it’s really sore the next day and I have to back off. It’s feeling good every day, and I have to be optimistic about that. … There’s still a little bit of soreness in there, but I can move it around a lot better. There’s not that everyday soreness. I don’t have to be careful putting on my shirt. I don’t have to be careful in the shower.”
• Girardi said he’s not entirely sure what Derek Jeter is supposed to do today, but it sounds like he won’t be on the field yet. “I think our hope is to get him out on the field soon,” Girardi said.
• As for when Jeter comes back, Girardi said it might not be a full six-week spring training for Jeter, but it’s not going to be a day or two either. “I don’t think you could say it’s going to be playing three or four games and he’ll be back,” Girardi said. “He’s going to have to go through somewhat of a spring training. … I have not thrown out a date. My date is, Derek will be ready when he’s ready.”
• Phil Hughes is still on target to start in Triple-A tomorrow. Girardi acknowledged that the Yankees might have scratched that plan had Kuroda not been able to throw today’s bullpen. The team currently has Adam Warren lined up to be available for Kuroda’s next start just in Kuroda either can’t go or clearly struggles. “My guess is he’s going to feel OK,” Girardi said. “But it’s hard to say until you really go out and throw.”
• Why, again, is the Yankees best hitter batting second? “Until maybe we get some people back,” Girardi said. “The idea about hitting him second is he could possibly get some more at-bats, and that’s not such a bad thing. The big thing is that we have people on in front of him and he has a chance to do some damage. We’ll try to get Gardy on there, and maybe some guys at the bottom of the order coming up, but it’s just what we’re going to do for a little bit. It’s hard because we have a lot of left-handed hitters and we’re trying to break them up.”
• Get ready for a bunch of nicknames… Why is Brennan Boesch starting today? “Just an off day for Wellsy,” Girardi said. “I’ll try to keep Boeschy active and maybe give someone a day off another day during this road trip.” Girardi said the fact Boesch had good numbers against Doug Fister — Fisty? — played into the decision.
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