KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mark Teixeira is not in Sunday's lineup, but that's nothing for New York Yankees fans to be worried about. The slugging first baseman, who missed two games with inflammation in his right wrist last week, is just taking a day off.
"That's all it is," said manager Joe Girardi. "He'll be back in there tomorrow. It's just being proactive. He'd played four or five days in a row and we just thought we'd give him a day. We'll have him back in there tomorrow."
Girardi's caution is understandable. With the offense struggling to score runs, the last thing the Yanks need is another prolonged absence by their first baseman. He missed 14 games in April with a right hamstring strain.
"He's coming off where he was pretty sore," said the manager. "It's a quick turnaround, day game after night game. And we're in a stretch where we're playing 17 in a row so he's going to need a day somewhere."
NO KELLEY YET: Right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley faced three batters in his first rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton on Saturday but will not join the Yankees in time for tomorrow's game. He threw 19 pitches, walked on e and struck out two while testing his strained lumbar spine.
"We're going to have him throw again on Monday, then possibly see him after that," Girardi said. "I believe it's going to be in Scranton, but he came out good. One outing, to me, is not a lot. He's been off a month. We just felt for him it would be better to make sure he bounces back OK and then Monday he's OK and is able to throw.
"I would love to have him. We just feel he needs another outing, that's all."
MOOSIC TO THEIR EARS: The Yankees announced a four-year extension of their player development contract with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders.
YOUNG ARMS ON THE WAY: Twenty-four of the Yanks' 39 selections in the first-year player draft were pitchers. They also took nine infielders, four outfielders and a pair of catchers. Only seven were from the high school ranks.