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Monday, May 27, 2013
Pregame notes: Shh! Joba to return

By Andrew Marchand

A beautiful night for baseball so let's check out the latest Yankees news:

JOBA RETURNS: The Yankees plan on activating Joba Chamberlain (oblique) on Tuesday, according to Joba. Girardi later confirmed that is the plan.

"It is good to have another power arm that can share the workload," Joe Girardi said.

Girardi said he will not alter how he uses Chamberlain, even with the emergence of Shawn Kelley. Kelley has struck out 15 of his last 26 batters. We will have to wait and see if Kelley does eat into Chamberlain's seventh inning chances.

This will be the first time Chamberlain's been active since his shushing controversy.

NUNO AGAIN: Vidal Nuno (1-1, 1.93 ERA) will get the start on Thursday. Nuno will be opposed by Dillon Gee (2-6, 6.34). Before that, on Tuesday, it is Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.67) vs. Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.93). On Wednesday, it is Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 4.76) vs. David Phelps (3-2, 3.96).

TAMPA REPORT: At extended spring training, both Mark Teixeira (wrist) and Kevin Youkilis (back) had five at-bats and played five innings. Teixeira is still targeted for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday and Thursday and possibly could be in the Bronx on Friday to begin the Red Sox Series.

When he does come back, Girardi said that Teixeira wll be an everyday player, but Girardi doesn't anticipate he will play a week straight. Lyle Overbay could survive for the time being, but long-term, it is not definitive that the Yankees could have a roster with Teixeira, Overbay and DH Travis Hafner.

Youkilis seems to be slightly behind that pace.

Alex Rodriguez (hip) took BP on the field. Girardi again pointed to after the All-Star break for his return. ... Derek Jeter (ankle) still isn't doing anything physical. ... Andy Pettitte (trapezius) will start a simulated game on Tuesday .... Eduardo Nunez (oblique) isn't doing anything at the moment. ... Michael Pineda (shoulder) will have another start this week, but Girardi didn't know which day. It will be for 60 or 70 pitches. Pineda will soon hit the minors for his rehab, making it possible he could be with the Yankees in June.

ODD JOE: Girardi reiterated that he would like to see the Subway Series be an odd number of games each year so there is a definitive winner every season. Girardi's top Subway moment? When Teixeira scored from first on Luis Castillo's dropped popup at Yankee Stadium in 2009.