Mark Teixeira went through batting practice, and so far there’s no indication that he’s coming out of the lineup.
“I’m sure I’ll be alright,” he said before going out to hit.
Teixeira was scratched late last night, but Joe Girardi said he felt confident Teixeira would be able to stay in the lineup for today’s series finale.
“If I have to change it I have to change it, but he said he woke up good today,” Girardi said. “… It just could have been a spasm. We’re not sure exactly what it is. I think we all wake up with some aches and pains some days, and the next day you feel a lot better. It’s hard to say what exactly it was.”
Given the struggles from the other power hitters in the middle of the Yankees order, it’s hard to overstate the importance of Teixeira’s bat in that cleanup spot. If the Yankees win today, this will have been a really strong West Coast trip, but their lineup looks a lot different when Teixeira’s not in it.
• Second day in a row that Girardi has put Yangervis Solarte at second base while playing Kelly Johnson at third. Johnson has been primarily a second baseman in his career, while Solarte played quite a bit of third base in the minors and this season in the big leagues (though, he too has spent most of his time at second). So why Johnson at third? “Kelly really hasn’t done a lot of work at second this year,” Girardi said. “Solo has done a little bit more, and that’s kind of why we stuck with it.”
• Derek Jeter playing a day game after a night game? “We’re off tomorrow, and we had Monday off, and he’s been swinging the bat extremely well,” Girardi said. “I thought it was best to leave him in. If we have to give him a day off sometime next week, we’ll give him a day off. I know it’s kind of a short turnaround, but he said he feels good.”
• Triple-A starter Brian Gordon was granted his release today. He easily leads Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in innings pitched — he’s thrown 77.2, no one else has more than 42.1 — but his ERA has ballooned to 4.75, so he likely wasn’t a real call-up candidate even if the Yankees did need yet another starter. Jeremy Bleich was brought back up from Double-A to Triple-A.
• According to the league transactions, Wade LeBlanc has been outrighted to Triple-A. I assume that means he’s accepted the assignment, though I’m not certain. The Yankees claimed him off waivers earlier this month, then designated him after acquiring David Huff. LeBlanc would presumably fill Gordon’s spot in the Triple-A rotation, assuming he’s actually going there.
• The Athletics have dropped slumping third baseman Josh Donaldson to sixth in the order. Brandon Moss is down to seventh today.
• The beat writer talked briefly with Masahiro Tanaka about facing the Blue Jays for a second time this season. I’m honestly not sure there was a meaningful quote that came out of the entire session. Tanaka really seems to think none of this is a big deal. Asked whether he’s aware of the attention he’s getting throughout baseball, Tanaka said simply, “No.”
• Somewhere in southeast Missouri, my father is harvesting wheat today. Just texted me a video of it, mostly because he’s proud he’s figure out how to do that. That man taught me how to work, how to care about people, and how to tell a story. Best man I’ll ever know. Happy Father’s Day everyone.
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