Tex, Youk rejoin Yankees lineup for Red Sox series
Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are both on the active roster and in the lineup tonight as the Yankees open a three-game series with the Red Sox here at Yankee Stadium.
Teixeira is hitting cleanup and playing first base, while Youkilis is batting second and serving as the designated hitter.
“I’ve been looking forward to this for a few months now,” Teixeira said. “I’m just very happy with how things went; a little bit slower than I’d like. I would have been back the day after I got hurt if they would have let me try. It’s been a long road, but we’re in a great position right now as a team and I just couldn’t be happier with joining the guys again.”
Joe Girardi said that the returns of Teixeira and Youkilis give his lineup a little more flexibility, and also provide a couple of veterans who are used to hitting in the middle of the order.
“It’s good to get back here, get in the lineup and try to help these guys win every day,” Youkilis said. “It’s definitely unfortunate when you have to go through these things and you just try to be as patient as possible, but you’re also very impatient, too, because you want to speed up the process.
“Sometimes you have to really let the process handle itself. For me, it took a little longer than I wanted it to, but in the end I think it will be good.”
The Yankees optioned pitchers Ivan Nova and Vidal Nuno to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in corresponding roster moves. Girardi said that Nova and Nuno will both start regularly at Triple-A.
“I would say it’s the worst part of my job. I always find it difficult, especially when a guy is doing really well,” Girardi said.