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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.
Mark Teixeira returned to Yankees camp on Sunday morning and clarified that the injury he suffered this spring was to his right tendon sheath, which is a similar injury to the one that the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista had last season.
There had been some confusion because even though GM Brian Cashman said Teixeira and Bautista had similar injuries, the Yankees also said Teixeira’s injury was to the tendon, not the tendon sheath. In any event, Bautista rushed back from the injury and needed surgery, which is a mistake that Teixeira does not intend to repeat.
Teixeira said that while he’d love to be back in the eight to 10 weeks outlined by the Yankees, he also does not want to have a setback like Bautista’s, having learned a lesson from his own nagging calf injury last season. For the first time, Teixeira raised the possibility that he might miss all of May because of the wrist injury.
“This is one of those things I can’t come back too early,” Teixeira said. “We saw when I tried to play too early last year what happened. This is unfortunately, if I try to play too early, we could miss the whole season and we don’t want that. I don’t know if it’s going to be middle of May, end of May, beginning of June. I don’t know when it is, but I know that there’s a whole bunch of season left and the time that really matters is the playoffs.
“We have a great team, we have guys that are going to be able to pick me up when I’m gone. We have guys that can pick Curtis [Granderson] up when he’s gone. I think Curtis and I will be back around the same time and that’ll be a big boost to the club.”
You might have missed it in the avalanche of Super Bowl preview coverage, but Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal turned in a terrific story with Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, one in which Teixeira spoke candidly about his future and the relentless demands of living up to an eight-year, $180 million contract.
You don’t hear this unvarnished brand of speech too often from professional athletes, but Teixeira provided a very honest assessment of where he stands, and he hasn’t shied away. At last night’s Yankees charity event in Times Square, Teixeira even took a moment on stage to laud Barbarisi’s work to the audience.
In short, Teixeira acknowledges that there isn’t much he can do on the field that will make a $22.5 million annual salary seem like it makes sense.
“I have no problem with anybody in New York, any fan, saying you’re overpaid. Because I am,” Teixeira said. “We all are.”
“Agents are probably going to hate me for saying it,” he continued. “You’re not very valuable when you’re making $20 million. When you’re Mike Trout, making the minimum, you are crazy valuable. My first six years, before I was a free agent, I was very valuable. But there’s nothing you can do that can justify a $20 million contract.”
As he approaches age 33, Teixeira seems to have come to terms with the realization that his production levels are not going to magically improve as time goes on. He said that he’s on the backside of his career and doesn’t want to play 10 more years; he just wants five or six good ones.
“I looked at the first six or seven years of my career, I was in my 20s, it was easy,” Teixeira said. “I wasn’t searching for the right formula. To think that I’m going to get remarkably better, as I get older and breaking down a little bit more, it’s not going to happen … Maybe I’m slowing down a tick. Look, I’m not going to play forever. Eventually you start, I don’t want to say declining, but it gets harder and harder to put up 30 [homers] and 100 [RBI],” Teixeira said.
In the face of a sinking batting average, Teixeira seems to have decided that he must focus on those proud, round numbers – 30 and 100 – and play to the in-house advantages provided by Yankee Stadium. That is, he should embrace the short porch, forget about hitting against whatever defensive shifts teams employ and focus on impacting the baseball with authority.
“You can’t make everybody happy no matter what. I need to concentrate on what I do well. And what I do well is hitting home runs, driving in a lot of runs, and playing great defense,” Teixeira said.
Andy Pettitte and Mark Teixeira will be taking the field for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, as confirmed by MLB.com last night.
The tournament will reunite Pettitte with former manager Joe Torre, who has signed on to fill out the lineup cards for the United States entry. The 40-year-old Pettitte will be tuning up after a truncated season in which he went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts.
Meanwhile, the Classic schedule means that Teixeira will be getting into game mode a little bit earlier. Given his history of slow regular season starts, perhaps this is a new way of trying to avoid those April struggles.
Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Francisco Cervelli (Italy) have also been rumored to be participating in the Classic, with full rosters slated to be announced on Thursday on MLB Network.
In case you’re wondering, the Yankees did not have to approve participation for their players. Teams do not have the ability to stop players from taking part in the Classic unless there is a pre-existing injury.
Three members of the 2012 Yankees have been nominated as finalists for Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, as voted upon by Major League managers and coaches — Russell Martin, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira.
The winners will be announced during the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Announcement Show on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 9pm ET on ESPN2.
Martin is listed among the catchers with the Tigers’ Alex Avila, the White Sox’s A.J. Pierzynski and the Orioles’ Matt Wieters.
Teixeira’s competition is at first base with Adrian Gonzalez, nominated for his time with the Red Sox, and the Royals’ Eric Hosmer.
Cano will contend at second base with Boston’s Dustin Pedroia and the Mariners’ Dustin Ackley.