The good news: Chase Headley's inflamed right knee is making progress. And now for the inevitable bad news: Joe Girardi isn't 100 percent sure that Headley will be ready for the Yankees' weekend series in Boston. "I'm keeping my fingers crossed," Girardi said. "I sure hope so . . . He's feeling much better today. I was really encouraged by the way he said he felt."
Headley rode the stationary bike for 20 minutes Thursday and said he felt better, and although he expects to pick up his activity Friday, "the extent . . . I don't know what it is," he said. "I would hope I would play this weekend."
The Yankees called up Cole Figueroa from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he had a .317/.372/.415 slash line. He started at third, doubled twice and scored two runs in Thursday's 6-2 win over the A's. Jose Pirela was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
"He's been playing extremely well in Triple-A," Girardi said of Figueroa, who played 23 games for the Rays last year. "He's been swinging the bat extremely well. He's versatile where he can play third, short or second. But right now, until we get [Headley] back, we'll kind of platoon him in that situation."
Explanation on CC
Girardi said CC Sabathia's start on Wednesday was not pushed back because of problems with his surgically repaired knee. Sabathia had his knee drained between starts, but Girardi said this wasn't even the first time that has occurred this season.
"We had pushed him back before we decided to have it done, to pitch against Oakland because we thought it was a better matchup," he said. "He has not complained about [the knee] . . . I know [Wednesday] his velocity was up a little bit. Was that because of the extra rest? I don't know. It's really hard to say."