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Chase Headley back in lineup

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts is safe with

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts is safe with a triple as New York Yankees' Chase Headley comes in late with the tag during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, July 11, 2015. Credit: AP / Michael Dwyer

BOSTON -- Chase Headley was back in the lineup and at third base Saturday night after missing three straight games with a sore right calf.

There had been talk by Headley and Joe Girardi about the possibility of resting him Saturday night and Sunday afternoon to give him what would amount to a full week to heal.

But after going through a full workout before Friday night's game -- which included running full speed -- Headley felt healthy and strong, and that plan was scrapped.

"No," he said when asked if he felt anything in the calf. "It feels as good as I would expect it to. Just normal."

Headley said the Yankees "asked me a lot of questions" regarding the calf to make sure it felt right.

"They wanted to make sure that I'm not just telling them it feels OK just to get back in the lineup," Headley said. "It wouldn't make any sense to go out there and play if I didn't feel like I was as close to 100 percent as I normally am. I felt like if there was any risk, there would be [reason to sit this weekend]. But I don't feel that way. I felt like I could have played yesterday the way I moved around and ran."

Well-timed rest

After Girardi gave Alex Rodriguez Thursday off, the DH went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including his 17th homer of the season, in Friday night's 5-1 victory. A-Rod, who homered with two outs in the first inning Saturday night for the second time in two nights, has played in 81 of the first 87 games.

"I think Joe's been great," he said of Girardi's plan to space out his off days. "He's been navigating all the veteran players well. I'm no exception to that. Yeah, I felt good [Friday]."

Buchholz to DL

Clay Buchholz, who left Friday night's game after 31/3 innings with "tightness" in his right elbow, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor strain. An MRI showed no structural damage and the expectation is that Buchholz will pitch again this season. Boston called up lefthander Brian Johnson from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace him.

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