For the time being, surgery has been ruled out for Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, who suffered torn cartilage in his right knee and was placed on the disabled list Saturday. He underwent an examination Monday, and Joe Girardi announced the plan after the Yankees’ 5-2 win over the Angels.
“Our goal is to get him baseball-ready in three weeks,” Girardi said. “It could be faster, I guess. It could be slower, I guess, but that’s our goal.”
Asked how Teixeira can avoid surgery after tearing cartilage in his knee, Girardi shrugged and said he didn’t really understand the explanations he had received. But he added, “We’re going to try the conservative approach and go from there.’’
Faith in Betances
Setup man Dellin Betances leads all major-league relievers with 55 strikeouts, but he suffered back-to-back losses in his past two poor outings Friday and Sunday in Baltimore and was unavailable Monday night.
Girardi insisted he’s not worried about Betances, who has allowed at least one run in four straight appearances. “I don’t see a whole lot different,” he said. “He’s given up some ground-ball hits that have gotten through holes. That’s going to happen. I still like the way he’s throwing the ball. I’m still really counting on him.
“Every time I’ve seen him go through a two- or three-game streak that he was un-Dellin-like, he seems to bounce back really well. That’s what I expect.”
Joe irked at Chapman
Clearly, Girardi still was steamed about Aroldis Chapman’s failure to back up home plate Sunday on a play in which the Orioles scored all three of their runs in their 3-1 victory. Centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury’s throw home got past catcher Brian McCann on Matt Wieters’ two-run single, allowing Francisco Peña to score all the way from first because Chapman wasn’t there.
Asked about his message to Chapman regarding the incident, Girardi said, “Get your rear end back there.”
He added, “He probably thought [the throw home] would be cut is what I’m assuming. But it will be addressed.”
Backup catcher Austin Romine, who injured the thumb on his catching hand Saturday night on a warmup pitch from Chapman that was in the dirt, said he was available to play Monday night.