TORONTO -- Earlier in the week, Mark Teixeira, given the OK to begin swinging a bat, said his hope was to stay behind in Tampa this week after the Yankees' three-game series in St. Petersburg, Fla., against the Rays.
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Teixeira has not progressed beyond taking swings with a fungo bat -- called "dry swings" because there's no ball -- which he did again Sunday. He said there is no timetable for when he will hit off a tee and start working his way onto the field for batting practice. Speaking April 11, Teixeira said he hoped to be at that step by the start of this series, which obviously hasn't happened.
Kevin Youkilis, removed from Saturday's game with tightness in his lower back, did not play Sunday, but Girardi said the plan is for him to be in the lineup Monday night against the Rays. Youkilis said before Sunday's game that he was available if needed. "Feels good," he said. "I'll be fine. Just going to take it easy."
Given that his team was down four runs, Girardi said he was OK with the attempt. "If [the score] was 6-4," he said with a smile, "I wouldn't have been OK with it."
Hafner also stole his 10th career base in the third inning.
"Milestone," the lumbering DH deadpanned afterward.
Though players said the turf at Tropicana Field is easier on their bodies because of the dirt infield, Girardi said he plans to give a day off to some of his regulars, perhaps including Robinson Cano, who has played every game.
"I'm going to have to see how he's doing," Girardi said. "I'll check with him every day."
Brett Gardner is the only other Yankee to have played in all 17 games.