Friday -- "probably," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said -- the team will have to make a decision whether to put first baseman Mark Teixeira on the disabled list because of a back strain.
"We just wanted to see how he feels after three or four days of just getting treatment," Girardi said. "Obviously, we want to feel there's progress and he's feeling better and can start doing some stuff."
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Meanwhile, Girardi insisted he is not thin at first base. Catcher Brian McCann started a third straight game at first and Girardi said he "could" use backup catcher Francisco Cervelli there, though "I'm not sure I would.
"But I've got, like, 11 other guys I can run out there. I talked to about it. Chase said he'd feel comfortable going over there. I'd not be afraid to put Brendan Ryan there. I'd not be afraid to put [Zelous] Wheeler there."
Ryan gets a start
Ryan Thursday started at shortstop so that Derek Jeter could get a rest day, following two long games and Wednesday night's rain-shortened win over Texas. After being hit by a pitch in the third inning, he had a sacrifice bunt in the fifth and struck out in the seventh. Girardi said Ryan's hand was fine.
Rain canceled pitcher Michael Pineda's scheduled simulated game in Tampa, but Girardi said Pineda (on the disabled list with a shoulder injury since May 6) would continue his rehabilitation without significant interruption.
Girardi stuck to his contention that a rain-shortened game should be played out the next day, a point he raised when the Yankees lost to Baltimore in such a situation earlier this month -- even though the Yankees benefitted from the ruling Wednesday night.
"I'd want a 26th man [on the roster], though," he said.