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A few quick updates to share from the Yankees clubhouse as they prepare for tonight’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field:
- Kevin Youkilis is still having treatment on his sore back and is not expected to play until Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Joe Girardi said they won’t ask Youkilis to come to the bench during tonight’s game so he can keep receiving treatment, but Youkilis’ back is supposedly getting better. He did not appear in the clubhouse this afternoon. The Yankees are again playing Jayson Nix at third base and Lyle Overbay at first base against left-hander David Price.
- Mark Teixeira is still taking only dry swings, and said that his right wrist hasn’t loosened up enough to permit him to move on to batting practice. Teixeira said he feels like the wrist is healed, but acknowledges he won’t make it back for May 1st. Teixeira’s initial time frame of the injury was eight to 10 weeks, so May 1st would’ve been about the earliest possible date, but Teixeira still believes he is on track to play in the big leagues during the month of May.
- Ben Francisco has struggled in his role as the DH against left-handed pitching, but Girardi said that he will stick with him, saying that he believes “Francisco has hit some balls pretty decent.” That said, Girardi acknowledges how much the lineup misses guys like Derek Jeter and Teixeira against lefties.
- Brennan Boesch is likely to be in tomorrow’s lineup as Girardi plans to give Vernon Wells a day off.
- Jeter is expected to rejoin the Yankees on Thursday in New York and will talk to the media at Yankee Stadium. Girardi said that he believes Jeter has been fitted for a walking boot on his left ankle again.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Yankees have signed outfielder Ben Francisco to a Minor League contract and will consider him for a roster spot this spring, general manager Brian Cashman said.
Francisco, 31, was granted his unconditional release by the Indians on Monday and quickly signed with New York. Cashman said that the Yankees had talked to Francisco over the winter about a non-roster invitation to Spring Training.
“He’s someone that’s going to compete for an extra outfielder’s spot,” Cashman said. “I think he’s definitely worthy for competition, so we’re going to take a look at him.”
Francisco is a career .257 hitter over six seasons with the Indians, Phillies, Blue Jays, Astros and Rays. He played last season with Toronto, Houston and Tampa Bay, batting a combined .234 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 51 games.
He was having a good spring with Cleveland, stroking eight hits in 20 at-bats (.400), but Cashman said that his chances of contributing to the club had diminished because the Indians signed free agents Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn.
“The circumstances and opportunities over there may have changed for him,” Cashman said. “Circumstances and opportunities here have opened up, so we’ll see what we see.”
Francisco will join the mix of competitors looking to fill in for the injured Curtis Granderson, as well as serve as a right-handed outfield bat off the bench. The Yankees have been strongly considering veterans Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz for those roles.
Hairston’s agent, Casey Close, told ESPN New York that his client expects to make a decision in “a matter of days.” The 32-year-old Hairston was a Met last season, batting .263 with 20 home runs and 57 RBIs in 134 games, and is expected to land at least a two-year deal.
“I think he’s a good fit for either team,” Close said. “But there are different roles at each place and Scott is deciding which is the best option for him.”
Yankees GM Brian Cashman has added two right-handed bats in recent weeks, claiming Russ Canzler on waivers from the Indians and signing Matt Diaz to a Minor League contract, but Cashman has said that he is not done looking for help in that department.
Both New York teams, as well as three other clubs, have also contacted the representative for free agent outfielder Ben Francisco, according to Mark Hale of the New York Post.
Agent John Boggs tells Hale that he and his client are looking for the “best opportunity” for Francisco “and who will offer the most at-bats.” Francisco, 31, batted .240 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 82 games last season with the Blue Jays, Astros and Rays.