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Could Jackson be called up for Chicago series?

Austin Jackson #82 of the New York Yankees

Austin Jackson #82 of the New York Yankees poses during Photo Day at Legends Field. (February 19, 2009) Photo Credit: Getty Images

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With the Yankees set to face three lefthanders in their four-games series that starts Thursday night in Chicago, Joe Girardi said the Yankees are likely to promote a righthanded bat from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Touted centerfield prospect Austin Jackson very well could be the call-up, though Girardi didn't tip his hand.

"We've kicked around a bunch of ideas," Girardi said before last night's game.

Girardi didn't address Jackson specifically last night but two nights ago he said, while the Yankees' preference was to have Jackson play every day in Triple-A, the team need would outweigh other considerations.

"He's young and it's not [coming up] an every-day playing situation for him, and the development is important," Girardi said Monday. "But sometimes based on need you have to do some things."

The Yankees face Gavin Floyd tonight, followed by lefties Clayton Richard, John Danks and Mark Buehrle.

"We're not even saying that the guy we're going to bring up is going to stay the whole time," Girardi said. "We're just kicking around some options and what our best options are."


Aceves throws off mound

Alfredo Aceves, who has not thrown since Saturday's appearance because of "fatigue" in his right shoulder, threw 20 fastballs off the mound and 30 long-toss throws, all without pain or soreness, he said.

Still, Girardi said he would not use Aceves last night but that he should be available for the White Sox series. "They don't want to rush," Aceves said. "I felt good today. My fastball was jumping out of my hand."


Wang undergoes surgery

Dr. James Andrews operated on Chien-Ming Wang for what Girardi said was a "tear" in the capsule of his right shoulder. Girardi said that he did not have a timetable yet on Wang's recovery. Asked if Wang would be well enough to pitch next year, Girardi said, "I would hope so."

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