The Yankees' challenging stretch of 20 straight games and a desire to preserve Masahiro Tanaka means their rotation might take on a different look in the coming days.
Instead of pitching Saturday, on normal rest, Tanaka likely will pitch Sunday against the Detroit Tigers, manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday. He said he wasn't sure who would pitch on Saturday.
"We have not made a decision exactly how we're going to do it this weekend," Girardi said. With Tanaka, "it's important that we look at [rest]. It's 20 days in a row and it's his [fourth] start" since coming off the disabled list.
Girardi didn't rule out the possibility of starting Nathan Eovaldi on Saturday. Eovaldi was shelled in only two-thirds of an inning on Tuesday
Teixeira rests neck
Mark Teixeira sat out Wednesday night's game with what Girardi called a non-serious stiff neck. Girardi said Teixeira had been feeling discomfort since this past weekend.
"I gave him the whole day and hopefully he's OK," Girardi said. "We talked during the last four or five days as he was going through it and . . . we just thought this was the best day with the sleep and it just being a tough turnaround."
Teixeira leads the Yankees with 18 homers and 48 RBIs.
In the meantime, the Yankees -- whose 20 game stretch began on June 12, ends on July 1, and includes two road trips -- have called up lefty Jose De Paula from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to bolster the bullpen. De Paula was 2-0 in three starts for Scranton, with a 1.53 ERA.
"He's a guy that can give us distance. He's a guy that has some experience," Girardi said. "He's been starting down there. He's stretched out . . . [and he's] someone who could give us some more innings."
A-Rod returns to lineup
After only one at-bat in three games, Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup Wednesday night only five hits shy of the 3,000 mark. Girardi has kept Rodriguez out of the lineup at National League parks to avoid having the 39-year-old play the field. He pinch hit Monday and sat out Tuesday.
Rodriguez had two hits Wednesday night to reach 2,997."We're hoping that two days will help him in the long run physically and he'll put those five hits up really quickly," Girardi said before the game. "You never know how it's going to weigh on him. It's something that we're going to have to juggle a little bit and see how he's doing. I'd love to see it happen in the next couple of days." Munson giveaway for fans
The Yankees will give out Thurman Munson bobbleheads to the first 18,000 fans at tonight's game.