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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Notes: Tex DL decision expected Friday

By Andrew Marchand

NEW YORK -- The Yankees expect to make their decision on if Mark Teixeira needs to go on the disabled list or not on Friday. Teixeira has been out since Monday because of a lower lat strain that in his words was "killing me."

"We'll probably have something [Friday] and make a decision," Girardi said.

If the Yankees think Teixeira will be ready in the near future, they will ride it out and essentially play with a 24-man roster. If he is going to be 12 days or more -- with the starting point on Monday -- then Girardi said they will probably put Teixeira on DL.

Cap Off: Derek Jeter is not playing because it is a day game after a night game. Girardi thought it was time for a rest for Jeter. Jeter had started the six previous post-All-Star Break games.

Ellsbury leading off: With Jeter out of the lineup, Girardi shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off spot and batted Brett Gardner second. Girardi really wouldn't reveal his reasoning.

"I don't want to get into a strategy about why I did it," Girardi said.

Backup to the Backup: If Teixeira stays on the bench and Brian McCann is behind the plate in the near future, Girardi said his options for first base are Chase Headley, Zelous Wheeler and Brendan Ryan. Headley has played one game in his major league career at the position.

Pineda throws: Michael Pineda threw down in Tampa on Thursday without an injury incident. Pineda could not throw in the simulated game because it rained, but he threw in the batting cages without hitters. He will go again in five days, throwing around 45 pitches. Girardi did not know if it would be a simulated game or a minor league outing.