The Yankees barely had their share of even bumps and bruises most of spring training but that changed Monday night when Mark Teixeira took a direct hit with a fastball on his right elbow and then Francisco Cervelli and Jorge Posada were sidelined yesterday and today with ailments that the Yankees don't think are serious but give them some concern nonetheless. Alfredo Aceves was also sidelined earlier in the week with a lower back problem, though he's still on schedule to pitch tomorrow.
"I'm going to cancel the last week of spring training next year," Girardi said. "It's amazing, all of a sudden we get these nicks and you want to stay away from them, but it's part of the game."
Jorge Posada traveled to Dunedin but was a late scratch with what Girardi said was a "stiff neck."
“It was tough hitting right-handed,” Posada said as he exited the park. “In a day or so it should be all right.”
Posada told Girardi he could have hit lefthanded if necessary but, as was the case with Teixeira, who was back today, Cervelli and Aceves, the Yankees are being cautious.
"Short term there's a little concern," Girardi said of Posada. "You want him to have a full range of motion by Sunday. We tried today so we'll see how he is tomorrow. If he's OK, he'll play tomorrow."
P.J. Pilittere caught yesterday and, because of Posada’s neck, the Yankees fetched Jose Gil from minor league camp.
“It’s tenuous in every major league camp with catching,” GM Brian Cashman said. “We’re in the dog days of camp and we’re just going to go about it with caution.”
Cashman said he couldn’t rule out Cervelli going to the DL but, because Grade 1 is such a mild strain, he doesn’t think it’s likely.
Mike Rivera is the Yankees third catcher and has dealt with his own hamstring issue this spring.
“If we have to adjust, we’ll adjust,” Cashman said of a potential roster move. “But everyone’s belief is let’s just overreact to it [and sit him].”
*** Teixeira showed no ill effects of getting hit, going 2-for-4 with a double.
"Yesterday it felt really good by the end of the day," Teixeira said. "I woke up this morning, it got better. You know you're body when you're getting better everyday, you feel pretty good. I knew right away [this morning] I was going to be fine."
Teixeira did say he'll wear the protective sleave he wore today the next couple games, until the pain completely goes away.
*** A.J. Burnett allowed two runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings, his final outing before the regular season.
"I thought it was the best he's looked so I was really pleased with how he threw the ball today," Girardi said.
Said Burnett: “That was a good tuneup."
*** Chan Ho Park continued looking outright dominant, pitching a scoreless sixth inning with a strikeout. He has not given up a run in seven innings (six games). Dave Robertson and Joba Chamberlain also each pitched one scoreless inning each.
*** Curtis Granderson collected two hits against Blue Jays lefty Brian Tallet, raising his spring average to .298. Robinson Cano, who has hit the ball hard all spring, had two hits to raise his average to .380.
*** Andy Pettitte is scheduled to pitch tomorrow meaning, despite a forecast with no rain in it, there's still a fair chance there will be precipitation.
*** Before the game, Brett Gardner said he wasn't disappointed at Granderson getting the spot in center.
“They traded for Curtis, I kind of figured he’d be the centerfielder,” Gardner said. “He’s been a centerfielder in the past and obviously you get a guy in like that, that’s where he’s most comfortable at and that’s where he needs to play. Like I said, I’ll do my best to try and make improvements in leftfield and what I was saying earlier when I came into camp, all I can ask for is an opportunity to get playing time, no matter where it’s at.”