08/20/12 12:15 AM ET
Feliciano in Yankees' plans for September
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Feliciano pitched a scoreless inning on Saturday for the Gulf Coast Yankees, the lefty reliever's third outing for the club, and manager Joe Girardi is hopeful that Feliciano will be able to see time at the big league level in September.
"I think that's why he's going through what he's going through," Girardi said. "If we didn't think he could help us, we wouldn't put him through this."
Feliciano has been sidelined since having a torn capsule in his pitching shoulder repaired. Feliciano made 344 relief appearances from 2007-10, marking an all-time record for appearances over a four-year stretch, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman later remarked that the hurler had been "abused" by the Mets. His contract includes a $4.5 million club option for 2013, which the Yankees are likely to decline.
X-rays show A-Rod, Pettitte to be on track
NEW YORK -- The Yankees received encouraging news on Sunday regarding Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte, who are both progressing toward September returns from the disabled list.
A-Rod and Pettitte had X-rays performed on their fractured left hand and fractured left fibula, respectively, and team doctors told the players that their injuries are healing as expected.
"Everything is as scheduled," said Rodriguez, who was hit by a Felix Hernandez pitch on July 24 in Seattle. "We talked about four to six weeks at the beginning, and I think Tuesday is the four-week mark. We're right on schedule."
Rodriguez said that he will spend the next few days strengthening and expects to be re-evaluated during Thursday's off-day between series at Chicago and Cleveland. He has been keeping his arm in shape, throwing both baseballs and footballs often.
"That's definitely the most encouraging part of this, that I've been able to do pretty much everything else -- defensively, positioning, top-hand hitting," Rodriguez said.
Pettitte returned from that Seattle trip having been told that he pushed himself too hard, hoping to accelerate his recovery from a June 27 broken ankle, but that swelling has subsided and doctors are closer to permitting him to resume pitching on a mound.
"Everything looks good -- it's healing up," Pettitte said. "Obviously, like I told you all before, I'm excited when they tell me, 'OK you can go on the mound and see how it feels.'
"But I've got to get on flat ground. I'll do that on this road trip, and hopefully after this road trip, it'll all be good. I'm hoping maybe right when we get back from this road trip, I might be able to get back on a mound."
Pettitte added that he sees no urgency to resume running on the leg at this time.
"I don't think we're going to start trying to push," Pettitte said. "I just think there's no sense in beating on it if I'm going to be trying to do my pitching work. I'm going to stay on the bike. I can get my running in whenever I get a little bit further down the road. The important thing now is getting my legs under me, as far as pitching."
Teixeira hopeful he can return on Monday
NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is expecting to return to the lineup on Monday after missing a three-game series against the Red Sox with a sore left wrist.
"That's the goal," Teixeira said. "I could probably push it today, but we don't want any setbacks. We don't want anything to get inflamed again. So we're going to take it easy today."
Teixeira took ground balls at first base on Sunday while wearing a compression brace on his wrist, which had a cortisone shot administered as he missed three games from July 31-Aug. 2.
That quelled the pain temporarily, but Teixeira experienced a flare-up after playing 14 straight games. He said that it seems to bother him most when he swings and misses or attempts to check his swing, and he's hoping to avoid a second cortisone shot.
"The reason that we want to take a few days off is I don't want it to linger," Teixeira said. "We don't want it to linger, especially something like a wrist. As a power hitter, I need my wrists. I need my hands. And if it does linger, then it's not going to help anybody. It's not going to help me or the team."
Teixeira is batting .257 with 23 home runs and a team-leading 78 RBIs in 112 games. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he is hoping to write Teixeira's name in Monday's lineup against the White Sox in Chicago and is concerned the injury may be something Teixeira will battle for the rest of the season.
"I think it's a possibility that he could have to deal with this the rest of the year," Girardi said. "And I think it's a possibility it could be gone, too.
"We're not really going to know until he goes through it and how effective the treatment is, but he did play a pretty long time before it came back a little bit. That's good. Hopefully this time, it'll be much longer."
Cleanup assignment a first for Grandy with Yanks
NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson jumped into the cleanup spot for the first time as a Yankee on Sunday against the Red Sox, bringing his team-leading 32 homers into the No. 4 slot in the club's batting order.
"He's been swinging the bat pretty good the last couple of days," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's had some success off [Boston starter Josh] Beckett as well. With some of our guys out, I just felt I'd put Curtis there."
Granderson entered play on Sunday with 10 hits in 36 career at-bats against Beckett (.278), owning three home runs and two triples. He had just five hits in his last 29 at-bats but had homered in back-to-back games.
"He went through somewhat of a difficult time, but he seems to be coming out of it," Girardi said. "Maybe it was the couple of days off that we gave him that seemed to help him. I like the way he's swinging now."
Alex Rodriguez (broken left hand) and Andy Pettitte (fractured left fibula) were scheduled to have X-rays performed on their respective injuries before Sunday's game. Both players are expected back in September. Rodriguez kept his arm in shape on Sunday by throwing from third base.
Yankees right-hander David Robertson is expecting to travel on the club's road trip to Chicago and Cleveland until he hears any news from his wife, Erin, who is expecting the couple's first child. Erin's due date is Sunday.
The Yankees were anticipating a late -- or early -- arrival in Chicago after Sunday's nationally televised game. Girardi said that a 5 a.m. CT arrival was likely but remarked, "At least we get an hour," referring to the time change.
On this date in 2000, the Yankees recorded three sacrifice flies in the same inning (Jorge Posada, Scott Brosius and Clay Bellinger) against the Angels thanks to Ron Gant's third-inning error. The Yankees won, 9-1.