Yankees general manager Brian Cashman meets the media in Trenton

Yankees GM speaks after watching first rehab outing for Teixeira and Youkilis
05/29/2013 2:01 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was in Trenton Wednesday morning for the beginning of Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira’s rehab assignments, and the GM spoke to the media about a number of topics following the Thunder’s 3-1 win over Erie.

Among the highlights from Cashman’s chat:

-Barring setbacks, the Yankees’ plan is to have Teixeira and Youkilis play one more rehab game in Trenton on Thursday, and then be activated for this weekend’s series against the Red Sox in the Bronx. Youkilis is eligible to come off the disabled list at any time, but Friday is the first day Teixeira is eligible to be activated.

-Andy Pettitte, who is eligible to return from the DL this weekend, threw a 76-pitch simulated game in Tampa on Tuesday, and the plan is for the veteran lefty to be activated to pitch against Cleveland next week. Vidal Nuno, who has been inserted in Pettitte’s rotation spot, is scheduled to start the Subway Series finale against the Mets on Thursday, so that could line Pettitte up to return Tuesday.

-Curtis Granderson has surgery to insert a pin in his fractured pinkie, a surgery similar to the one Francisco Cervelli had, but the operation will not affect Granderson’s return timetable, which as of now is a minimum of four weeks.

-Michael Pineda made what was scheduled to be his final Extended Spring Training outing on Tuesday, but he was pulled after three innings and 45 pitches because of a split fingernail. According to Cashman, Pineda was cutting his fingernails before the game and cut one too close, which led to the crack and subsequent removal from the game; it is nothing that should set Pineda back, but he will likely have one more unofficial outing before starting his rehab clock.

Check out a snippet of Cashman’s press conference below, including his thoughts on David Adams, Lyle Overbay, and others who have filled in for the Yankees’ injured regulars this season, courtesy of Hunterdon County Democrat Thunder beat writer Mike Ashmore:

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