Mark Teixeira will show up early on Friday and take extra batting practice with Kevin Long before the Yankees-Blue Jays game. If all goes well, Teixeira believes he’ll be able to return to the lineup.
Teixeira sat out of Thursday’s rout of the White Sox due to the sore right shoulder that caused him to make an early exit from the Yanks’ 3-1 win over Chicago on Wednesday night. He said after the game that the injury felt better after he received “tons of treatment.”
Eric Chavez replaced Teixeira at first base and hit fifth in the Yankees’ 12-3 win over the White Sox, going 0-for-3.
Teixeira took himself out of Wednesday’s game in the eighth inning when he started to feel some pain in the right shoulder that he jammed earlier in the week. He seemed to be optimistic about the injury late Thursday night.
“It feels good. They definitely didn’t need me tonight,” he said.
Teixeira originally hurt his shoulder on Tuesday when he dove for a hard-hit grounder in the first inning.
"You could put it out there but it's sore," Joe Girardi said before Wednesday’s game. "The best thing to me is to rest him a couple days.”
MOLINA ON THE BOARD: Gustavo Molina's well-placed pop-up down the left-field line sailed behind the glove of Alexei Ramirez and dropped in foul territory for Molina’s first hit of 2011.
“I’m happy. I have an average now,” Molina, the Yankees’ backup catcher, said with a smile.
Molina is now 1-for-6. He has played in just three games, stuck behind the durable Russell Martin.
PLEADING FOR THE FIFTH: The Yanks’ monstrous fifth inning featured a cycle by the first four hitters (Brett Gardner home run, Eduardo Nunez double, Curtis Granderson triple, Nick Swisher single). The six runs were the second-highest total for the Bombers this season (they scored seven in the eighth against Baltimore on April 23).
It was also the first time the Yankees' first nine hitters of an inning reached safely since July 13, 2002 against Cleveland, when they accomplished the feat in the seventh inning.
A-ROD MOVIN’ UP: Alex Rodriguez recorded his 859th RBI as a Yankee, taking over 13th place on the all-time team list from Paul O’Neill. ... Robinson Cano (2-for-4) has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games. ... Francisco Cervelli went 0-for-4 with a walk in his sixth rehab game.