Yankees to decide Mark Teixeira's DL fate Friday?

Joe Girardi says a decision on Tex's status should come by tomorrow
07/24/2014 11:38 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Mark Teixeira has not played since Sunday, and a decision on his status could come Friday.(AP)
Mark Teixeira is once again out of Thursday's lineup because of a lower lat strain, but it shouldn't be much longer before the Yankees know whether their first baseman will be returning soon or staying sidelined for the rest of the month.

In fact, manager Joe Girardi said Thursday morning, a decision whether to disable Teixeira or get him ready to get back in the lineup could come as soon as Friday.

"It's just seeing how he feels after three or four days (of rest)," Girardi said prior to his team's series finale with Texas, "and then we'll decide if we think it's going to be in the near future that he would play, or if we're going to need the 15 days. If it's going to be 12, 13, 14 days, it probably makes sense to get a player. We'll get through today, and we'll probably have something tomorrow and we'll make a decision."

Teixeira has not played since Sunday because of the injury, so any disabled list stint could be backdated to Monday, meaning he would be eligible to return on August 5.

With nominal backup Kelly Johnson also on the DL and the Yankees playing with just 11 healthy position players, Brian McCann was penciled in to make his third consecutive start at first base Thursday.

As for a backup, the skipper said that Francisco Cervelli, who is making his third straight start behind the plate with McCann at first, "could (play first) but I'm not sure that I would (put him there)" if needed, and later intimated that literally anyone could make an appearance there if needed.

"I have 11 other guys I could put over there," the skipper laughed, before adding that "I've talked to Chase (Headley) about it and he'd feel comfortable over there (and) I wouldn't be afraid to put Brendan Ryan or Zelous Wheeler there."

Should the Yankees choose to disable Teixeira and recall a replacement, they would likely have to make a 40-man roster move to add a first baseman; currently, the only healthy position players who are on the 40-man roster are catchers John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine and outfielder Zoilo Almonte.

The Yankees did get good news about one injured player Thursday, however, as Michael Pineda threw two innings of a simulated game at the team complex in Tampa.

Pineda threw his simulated game inside because of bad weather, but he seemed to come through okay; Girardi was unsure if his next outing will be another simulation or a true rehab assignment, but either way, the workload will increase.

"Bad weather happens all the time in spring training, so we had him throw underneath," Girardi said of Pineda. "His next outing is five days, and we'll probably ramp it up to three (innings) or 45 to 50 (pitches)."

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