At least two reinforcements will be walking into the Yankees' clubhouse Tuesday afternoon before the injury-hampered team's scheduled game against the Cubs.
Stephen Drew will not be one of them. Neither will Kendrys Morales.
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According to a source, the Yankees' recent spate of injuries has not changed their thinking regarding the two free-agent Scott Boras clients.
"No. We're not interested," the source told Newsday.
Drew, the shortstop for the World Series champion Red Sox last season, certainly would help the Yankees with their muddled middle-infield situation.
Derek Jeter, who missed Sunday night's game with a tight right quadriceps, has not played in the last two games. Manager Joe Girardi said he expects the 39-year-old captain back for Tuesday night's series opener. But Mother Nature could have a say in that. Rain, wind and thunder are forecast for the Bronx. If the game is played, the Yankees might be reluctant to test Jeter's leg under those conditions.
Second baseman Brian Roberts also is a question mark; he missed Sunday night's 3-2 victory over the Red Sox with a sore lower back. The oft-injured Roberts had an MRI that was negative. The Yankees said he will be re-evaluated this week.
Rookies Dean Anna (shortstop) and Yangervis Solarte (second base) started Sunday with Kelly Johnson at third base and backup catcher Francisco Cervelli at first. But Cervelli injured a hamstring while running to first base in the fourth inning and had to leave the game.
An MRI on Sunday night showed a Grade 2 strain -- the second most severe -- that sent Cervelli to the 15-day disabled list. He might be out as long as four to six weeks.
Cervelli was replaced at first by Carlos Beltran, who made his first career appearance at the position and said after the game he hopes it's his last.
That's where Morales, the former Angels and Mariners first baseman and designated hitter, theoretically could fit in. But the Yankees hope Mark Teixeira will reclaim his position Sunday, the first day he is eligible to come off the DL. Teixeira has been sidelined since April 5 with a hamstring strain.
The Yankees on Monday sent pitcher Shane Greene to Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre to reduce their mound staff to 12. With Cervelli going on the DL, that means two players will be called up Tuesday, including a catcher. The Yankees are expected to call up John Ryan Murphy instead of Austin Romine, who spent a few days with the club last week.
For the infield spot, the Yankees could add former Oakland and Detroit player Scott Sizemore. The 29-year-old played two games in the majors in the previous two seasons because of injuries, but he is batting .344 in 10 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Or the Yankees could add corner infielder / outfielder Russ Canzler. The 28-year-old, who has appeared in the majors with Tampa Bay and Cleveland, is batting .276 in nine games at Triple-A.
Infielder Corban Joseph, who appeared in two games for the Yankees last season, is another possibility. The 25-year-old is hitting .217 in seven Triple-A games.
None of those players is on the 40-man roster. The Yankees could create room by moving infielder Brendan Ryan (back) to the 60-day DL.
Until Teixeira returns, Girardi likely will play Johnson at first. Given that the Yankees have been willing to live without an experienced backup at the position since Opening Day, there is no reason to expect any different Tuesday night.
Notes & quotes: Beltran was named AL player of the week. He hit .423 with three homers and six RBIs . . . X-rays of Brian McCann's right index finger late Sunday were negative. When A.J. Pierzynski was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, it ricocheted off McCann.