Teixeira moving closer to return

August, 9, 2014
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NEW YORK -- After missing three straight game because of his injured pinkie, Mark Teixeira might be at least a bench player Sunday, Joe Girardi said.

"He's going to go through BP to see how he feels, but he is definitely closer than he was yesterday," Girardi said Saturday after the Yankees' 3-0 loss to the Indians.

Before testing the pinkie, Teixeira was not as optimistic Saturday morning.

Corey story: The Yankees have had plenty of days when their hitting has been to blame, but on Saturday it was more about Indians starter Corey Kluber.

"He's nasty," Derek Jeter said. "You can see he is going to have an extremely long and successful career."

Kluber, 28, had 10 strikeouts in his six scoreless innings. Three relievers finished off the Yanks.

Cervy time: With Brian McCann on the seven-day concussion DL, Girardi said that his plan is to play Francisco Cervelli every day and that Austin Romine will give Cervelli a rest if need be. As for McCann, Girardi said the Yankees are doing right toward their catcher.

"It's not what you want, but it is what we thought was necessary to protect him and to make sure he was going to be OK," Girardi said.

X-rays: Brandon McCarthy's X-rays on his right foot were negative. McCarthy took a comebacker off the foot on a hard shot from Michael Brantley. McCarthy -- who was once drilled in the head by a comebacker -- said he didn't have any flashbacks.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146