Mark Teixeira doesn't like days off. But his stint as designated hitter in yesterday's 12-3 win over the White Sox may have helped him break a little further out of his slump.
"You can watch more video [during the game], watch the pitcher on TV a little more," said Teixeira, who went 4-for-5 with a double, three singles, two runs and two RBI. "I like DH-ing once or twice a month, get off my feet a little."
The turning of the calendar helps, too. Teixeira is 6-for-9 in May after going 11-for-81 (.136) in April, similar numbers to his April/May splits last season, when he was 14-for-70 (.200) in April, then hit .330 in May.
"I like that start to May," he said. "No one's going to judge me on one month, and no one's going to judge our team on one month."
No decision on Vazquez
Joe Girardi said he'll wait until at least Monday, after Javier Vazquez's bullpen session, to decide whether Vazquez will make his scheduled turn in the rotation Friday in Boston or skip Vazquez in favor of keeping Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett on regular rest during next weekend's series with the Red Sox.
"Whatever it is, we need to fix it," Girardi said of Vazquez's problems. "You can fix it in the bullpen, but you need to be able to take it to the mound."
Back to Scranton?
Mark Melancon mopped up the final two innings Sunday and allowed a three-run homer to Paul Konerko in the ninth inning. Melancon was summoned from Triple-A Scranton to supplant a worn-down bullpen, but the Yankees need another outfielder with Curtis Granderson (strained groin) on the disabled list.
Girardi said the callup, most likely Triple-A outfielder Greg Golson, may come Monday or Tuesday.