David Robertson said Saturday he didn't expect his right shoulder tendinitis to keep him out much beyond five days and the reliever's progress since then has backed up his optimism.
Robertson, who has not appeared since Thursday against the Red Sox, played catch before Monday night's game and the hope is he can throw a bullpen session Tuesday.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't rule out a return at some point during this series.
"You go day by day," Girardi said. "Hope [the] catch goes well today. He's a little bit further ahead than Boone."
That would be lefthander Boone Logan, who has not pitched since Friday because of left elbow inflammation. Logan received a cortisone shot over the weekend and Girardi did not sound as optimistic about his progress.
"I'm not sure if we're going to get him this series," Girardi said.
A-Rod bats second
With Derek Jeter out and in order to split up his lefties, Girardi batted Alex Rodriguez second against righthander Chris Tillman, the first time the third baseman started a game at that spot in the order since 2006.
The move paid off immediately when Rodriguez hit a solo homer in the first inning.
"He's done a really good job of getting on base against righthanders and swinging the bat well against righthanders," Girardi said. "[I'm] trying to break up our lefthanded hitters. has done a good job behind Robby [Cano], so I just kind of decided to go with Alex."
Rodriguez came in hitting .299 (.373 on-base percentage) with four homers and five doubles vs. righties in 27 games.
Up in the air
Lefthander David Huff, who was shelled for nine runs in 31/3 innings Saturday, is listed as the starter for Thursday's game, but Girardi said: "We're going to get through these three days and see where we're at. I'm not saying that I'm changing anything but if we need Huff , we need Huff."
Stewart still out
Girardi said catcher Chris Stewart was "probably not" available Monday night because of a contusion on his left foot.