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5/13/2013 8:45 P.M. ET

Girardi guards against fatigue during twin bill

CLEVELAND -- No rest for the weary, wounded and aged.

The Yankees are amid a stretch of 17 games in 16 days, with Monday's twin bill at Cleveland serving as the pinnacle of perseverance for a team saddled with a litany of injuries.

To keep his players as rested as possible, manager Joe Girardi said that only center fielder Brett Gardner was likely to play the field in both games of the double dip. Vernon Wells wasn't in the starting lineup for the first tilt, and Girardi planned to use Robinson Cano as designated hitter in the second contest.

"We're in a real long stretch," Girardi said. "If we had a day off [Tuesday], we might do it a little different, but because we don't, I have to give some guys a little time."

The much-maligned bullpen could be in for a challenge as well. Girardi said that closer Mariano Rivera and setup man David Robertson were likely to be unavailable for Monday's affairs. That would leave the Yankees with four viable options out of the bullpen -- Preston Claiborne, Shawn Kelley, Boone Logan and Adam Warren. Girardi said that, if necessary, the club would make a roster move between games to bolster the bullpen.

"We're in a doubleheader today, and I can't afford to abuse players where they end up getting hurt," Girardi said.

Joseph sent back to Triple-A after filling need for Yanks

CLEVELAND -- Corban Joseph sat at a table in the Yankees' clubhouse, his restless right leg shaking as coaches handed him packet after packet of notes.

At one point, another coach placed a helmet over his blond mop to make sure the rookie had properly sized protective headgear.

Such is the life for a 24-year-old making his Major League debut in a pinch. The Yankees promoted Joseph to the big league roster as their 26th man for Monday's doubleheader against the Indians.

Joseph played every inning of both games and went 1-for-6 with a double, a run scored and a walk. He was then optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"He did a nice job," said manager Joe Girardi. "He played 18 innings for us. He started a big rally for us. To get his first hit, I'm proud of what he did."

Joseph spent two days with the Yankees two weeks ago when he replaced the injured Kevin Youkilis on the active roster. When the Yankees acquired Chris Nelson from Colorado, however, Joseph returned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before he could appear in his first big league game.

Girardi said on Monday morning that he wasn't going to ease Joseph into action this time around. He deployed the former fourth-round Draft pick at first base in the first tilt and second base in the second game.

"We're trying to take care of our guys," Girardi said. "We're in a real long stretch. We don't want to wear them out or get them hurt."

In 31 games at Triple-A, Joseph batted .270 with four homers and 10 RBIs. He played 28 contests at second base and three at first. Those three appearances represent his only regular-season experience at the position.

"It was something that we talked about and I thought it might be a good idea, getting him some experience there," Girardi said. "We like the way he swings the bat. We thought if he got called up, it might be a place he might be able to play."

Yanks option Boesch to add an arm to 'pen

CLEVELAND -- The Yankees made the most of the 40 minutes between games of Monday's doubleheader against the Indians.

Looking to bolster its shorthanded bullpen, the club optioned outfielder Brennan Boesch to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and called up pitcher Brett Marshall after its 1-0 loss.

"The role I was given wasn't a role that anybody would want," Boesch said. "My goal is to be an everyday player again, and the best way of doing that is going down and getting some at-bats and working hard down there. That's really the first step to getting back to where I need to be."

A sixth-round selection by New York in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Marshall has gone 2-2 with a 4.60 ERA in six starts for the RailRiders. With closer Mariano Rivera and setup man David Robertson unavailable for Monday's action, the Yankees had only four viable options in their bullpen. Boone Logan and Preston Claiborne pitched in the first game of the twin bill.

Manager Joe Girardi estimated that Vidal Nuno, the Yankees' Game 2 starter, would be limited to about 75 pitches.

Boesch went 1-for-4 in the twin bill opener. He batted .209 with two home runs in 19 games for New York.

Indians celebrate Mo's career with gift

CLEVELAND -- Mariano Rivera already said farewell to Cleveland. Or so he thought.

Indians team president Mark Shapiro and Greg Harris, the president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, paid tribute to the iconic closer between the games of Monday's traditional doubleheader at Progressive Field by presenting the 43-year-old Rivera with a framed gold record of Metallica's "Enter Sandman," the song to which Rivera trots out to the mound. The club also played a video on the scoreboard.

As has been customary on his farewell tour through the Majors this season, Rivera held a meet-and-greet with Indians employees in early April, which was scheduled to be the Yankees' final trip to Cleveland. However, the last two contests of the four-game series were washed away by rain, so Cleveland's on-field acknowledgement of Rivera's career had to wait a month.

"I didn't expect anyone to do anything," Rivera said. "They do this because they want to do it, not because I expect anything. I am very grateful. Every city, when I do my meet and greet, I want to do that because I want to say thank you to the fans."

Entering Monday's action, Rivera had converted each of his last 17 save chances against the Indians since 2003. This season, he has been successful on all 15 of his save opportunities, the second-longest streak to begin a season in his 19-year career.

Bombers bits

• Girardi said Monday that he plans to hold a conversation with center fielder Curtis Granderson, on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, about a potential return date, which could come as soon as Tuesday.

"I've always said -- when Grandy feels like he's ready, come on," Girardi said. "We want him back in our lineup. If he says he's ready to go, then he's ready to go. Whenever [the conversation] takes place, we're open arms."

• Girardi said Monday that Ivan Nova's injury is to his upper left back/shoulder area, but the Yankees aren't sure what the next step will be for the right-hander. The manager hinted that Nova could soon make a rehab start. Nova hasn't pitched in a big league game since April 26.

• The Yankees have won five games this season in which they scored three runs or fewer. Last season, New York won only 12 games under those circumstances.

• Southpaw Vidal Nuno is the first lefty other than CC Sabathia or Andy Pettitte to start for the Yankees since Kei Igawa in May 2008.

Zack Meisel is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.