While it appears Alex Rodriguez won’t be back in the Yankees’ lineup anytime soon, another veteran who has struggled at the plate will continue to play.
Mark Teixeira started at first Wednesday night and Joe Girardi said for the time being that isn’t going to change.
The primary reason?
Unlike A-Rod, who is strictly a DH, Teixeira is still a contributor in the field.
“Mark adds a lot to our defense when he’s out there, and I think that’s really important because I don’t think we’re a team that can give extra outs,” Girardi said. “As of right now my plan is to continue to play him kind of the way I’m doing it.”
Teixeira, who hit a three-run homer in his second at-bat Wednesday to give the Yankees a 6-3 lead, entered the night with a .195/.278/.326 slash line, with nine homers and 24 RBIs.
A-Rod, meanwhile, seems to be permanently fastened to the bench. Though the 41-year-old has excellent career numbers (.442/.448/.1.077 slash line in 52 at-bats) against Bartolo Colon, Thursday night’s starter for the Mets, Girardi would not commit to him being in the lineup.
“I don’t know, I have not gotten that far,” Girardi said.
He added later: “I’m going to look for spots to get him in but we’re going to use our young kids.”
As for the prospect of releasing Rodriguez, stuck at 696 career homers, Girardi didn’t bite.
“That’s above my pay grade,” he said.
That decision will be made by managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, who was at the Stadium Wednesday afternoon and was spotted in the clubhouse several hours before the game.
“You have to flat out admit it,” GM Brian Cashman said Wednesday on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio regarding releasing A-Rod, owed $20 million next season. “It’s not easy to go ahead and eat, meaning release, that kind of money. It’s not something you come to a quick decision on . . . all I can tell you is slow down a little bit.”
Surgery for Lindgren
The Yankees announced LHP Jacob Lindgren, the club’s top draft pick in 2014, will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday. Lindgren, 23, has not appeared in a game since April 21 with High-A Tampa but did throw Saturday.
“He was having problems before and I guess it just didn’t work,” Girardi said.