Pregame notes: Youkilis, Jeter, Pineda

June, 11, 2013
6/11/13
9:01
PM ET
OAKLAND -- A rare day of all good news on the injury front for the Yankees.

-- Kevin Youkils, who sat out on Sunday after experiencing some "stiffness" in his lower back after sliding to make a play at first in Saturday's game in Seattle, is back in the lineup tonight, batting fifth and playing third against the Athletics and Bartolo Colon. “He feels great today," Joe Girardi said. "It’s probably good that he got the extra day built in on Monday. The two days off probably helped him."

-- Derek Jeter had another day of tee-and-toss and light grounders this morning in Tampa in advance of his trip to Charlotte to be evaluated by Dr. Robert Anderson on Thursday. Girardi said he expected Jeter to be cleared for all baseball activities after the exam, but cautioned against setting a date for Jeter's return. "It’s hard to say, because you don’t know where exactly he is when he is cleared compared to coming in for a normal spring training and saying six weeks," Girardi said. "We’ll just have to see how he moves and go from there.”

-- Girardi said he was encouraged by Michael Pineda's first rehab outing on Sunday, when he worked 4 1/3 innings, threw 68 pitches and was said to have reached 95 mph on the gun. "I hear he threw some good changeups and was pretty good," Girardi said. "You want to continue to build this kid up. I’m very happy with his progress so far and the way he’s went about it. It’s been a long time since he’s pitched in the big leagues but he’s went at it the right way.”

--It can't all be great news, of course. Eduardo Nunez, laid up with an oblique strain, took "dry swings" today, but Girardi had no idea what that meant in terms of his recovery. “It sounds like we’re going in the right direction," he said. "Again.”

-- CC Sabathia has a losing career record against the A's -- 8-9 with a 4.50 ERA overall and 4-5, 5.02 at Oakland Coliseum -- but in his last 12 starts against them, dating back to 2008, Sabathia is 6-2 with a 2.51 ERA.

-- The Yankees have been less than hospitable to Colon, their old teammate, in the two years since he left them as a free agent. Bartolo is 0-2 with a 6.50 ERA versus the Yankees in his past three starts, including a 4-2 loss at Yankee Stadium on May 4. Mark Teixeira is hitting .308 against him with three home runs in 39 at-bats. Ichiro Suzuki has also taken Bartolo deep three times, albeit in 85 career ABs. Robinson Cano is 6-for-14 against Colon (.429) with one home run.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.271 16 70 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 21
RBIJ. Ellsbury 70
RB. Gardner 82
OPSB. Gardner .752
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAH. Kuroda 3.77
SOH. Kuroda 137