As you might expect, my old friend Mike Ashmore has a ton of video from today’s Double-A rehab appearance by Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis. Among the details from Brian Cashman…
• The Yankees are planning to have both Teixeira and Youkilis activated on Friday. Both went 0-for-2 with a walk today and will play another Double-A game tomorrow.
• Despite the presence of Lyle Overbay, Cashman left no doubt about how Teixeira will be used. “Mark is our first baseman, so there’s no working Mark back in,” Cashman said. “Mark is going to return right back to where he belongs. Like we’ve been doing all year, we’ll make this up as we go along. … Let’s get these guys back, first and foremost, then we’ll figure out our roster moves.”
• On David Adams’ performance filling in for Youkilis: “He’s kind of the prodigal son that’s returned because he’s been out with the injury for so long.”
• Nothing new on Francisco Cervelli, who’s doing only hand work with a physical therapist.
• Yesterday was supposed to be Michael Pineda’s final extended spring training start before beginning a rehab assignment. The cracked fingernail doesn’t sound like a significant issue. Just slows him down a little bit.
• Cashman told Meredith Marakovits that Andy Pettitte is scheduled to return to the Yankees rotation during the upcoming Cleveland series (that’s Monday through Wednesday at Yankee Stadium).
• Cashman also said that Curtis Granderson had relatively minor surgery to fix his broken hand, but it doesn’t change his timetable for return.