6/4/2014 12:50 A.M. ET
Yanks gain lefty for 'pen in claiming LeBlanc
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- The Yankees have claimed left-hander Wade LeBlanc off waivers from the Angels, providing the club with a new option to help out of the bullpen.
LeBlanc, 29, made one relief appearance with the Angels this season on May 30 at Oakland, allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings without recording a decision. In nine starts with Triple-A Salt Lake, he was 5-1 with a 3.69 ERA, striking out 43 batters with 14 walks.
In 97 career appearances (68 starts) over parts of seven Major League seasons with San Diego (2008-11), Miami (2012-13), Houston (2013) and the Angels (2014), LeBlanc has gone 20-32 with a 4.53 ERA.
LeBlanc is expected to join the Yankees on Wednesday and could replace Alfredo Aceves in a long-relief role.
Aceves has struggled in his second tour of duty in the Bronx, going 1-2 with a 6.52 ERA in 10 appearances. Aceves has surrendered six home runs in 19 1/3 innings, including two in Monday's 10-2 loss to the Mariners.
"I think it's a little bit of everything," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "With the way our bullpen is constructed, we have one left-hander [Matt Thornton]. It possibly gives you an option for two left-handers. I think it's a little bit of everything."
Beltran could be back with Yanks for road trip
NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran went 2-for-3 with a walk in an extended spring training game on Tuesday at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla., and could rejoin the big league lineup in time for its upcoming road trip.
Beltran said that he felt fine and will play his third extended spring game on Wednesday morning, and he plans to fly north to meet the club after that game.
The Yankees are scheduled to play the Athletics on Thursday and begin a four-game series against the Royals in Kansas City on Friday.
Beltran, who is hoping to avoid surgery for a bone spur in his right elbow, took his at-bats right-handed. Asked if Beltran would be with the team by Friday, manager Joe Girardi said that "it's possible."
"I think it's fair just to see how he does these three or four days, and then you make a decision, but I don't think that's out of the question," Girardi said.
In that same game, catcher Francisco Cervelli went 3-for-5 with a double and caught five innings. Cervelli, on the 60-day disabled list with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain, said that he plans to play again in extended spring on Wednesday.
"The reports were good," Girardi said.
Teixeira returns to lineup, hopes it's for good
NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira is ready to give it another go. The Yankees first baseman tested his right wrist in batting practice on Tuesday and declared himself fit to appear in the starting lineup.
Teixeira received a cortisone injection in his wrist after he was unable to swing the bat without discomfort on Saturday. Two full days of rest have helped alleviate that, Teixeira said, and he is hoping to be able to get back to regular playing time.
"It feels better," Teixeira said. "I saw the doctor yesterday. We think the shot has worked. Hopefully it will continue to feel better, hopefully that's today."
Teixeira immediately made his presence felt in the Yankees' 5-2 loss to the A's in 10 innings Tuesday. He drove in the first run of the game in the first inning on a bloop RBI single, then hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth, his 10th of the season.
After having season-ending surgery on the wrist last year, Teixeira said that the discomfort first flared up during the Yankees' visit to Wrigley Field in late May. He rested for three games on that road trip, sitting out a series in St. Louis, but may have aggravated his wrist by returning too quickly.
"I think you're going to watch it for a while to see how he does and make sure," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Hopefully it's cleared up and it doesn't come back. Obviously I'm going to pay close attention to it and see how he's feeling. If it gets him, it will probably be more hitting left-handed than right-handed."
Teixeira has been told that he is dealing with only inflammation in the wrist and no structural damage, which he sees as an encouraging sign that the situation can at least be managed for the rest of the year.
"There's no pain with normal range of motion," Teixeira said. "Even up until yesterday, I felt pain with normal range of motion. Now when I go out and swing, it's a violent swing and hopefully there's no pain with a full swing. That's what we're making sure of."
During his doctor's visit this week, Teixeira said that he had an ultrasound on the wrist, as well as some strength tests.
"It's pretty easy. I know how it feels," Teixeira said. "I am an expert at it by now."
Sizemore returns, sees immediate action
NEW YORK -- Scott Sizemore returned for his second stint with the big league club on Tuesday, as the infielder was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Sizemore, 29, was immediately placed in the lineup against Athletics starter Scott Kazmir, batting seventh and playing third base. The right-handed batter was hitting .265 with one home run and 16 RBIs in 40 games at Triple-A.
"I'm glad to get in there, and hopefully I can help the team out," Sizemore said.
Sizemore went 1-for-3 in the Yankees' 5-2 loss to the A's in 10 innings Tuesday, and he made a splendid play in the field to end the top of the ninth inning.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the team made the move to call up Sizemore because the Yanks will be facing some left-handed starters in their upcoming schedule, starting in the Oakland series with Kazmir on Tuesday and Drew Pomeranz on Thursday.
Sizemore attended Spring Training with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee, hoping to get back to the Majors after sustaining two devastating knee injuries. Sizemore said that his promotion to the Majors suggests that he made a good decision to sign with New York.
"Absolutely. I think any time you get the chance to be in the big leagues, you can't ask for much more," Sizemore said. "Obviously you could hope for more playing time, but I think if you do what you're supposed to do and maybe open some eyes and make them have to keep you there, that's the ultimate goal as a guy in my situation.
"So far, so good. It seems like a smart move, getting a couple of chances earlier in the year."
• The Yankees transferred right-hander Michael Pineda to the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday. Pineda, who recently experienced a setback as he works to return from an upper back strain, would be eligible to be activated on July 5.
"We think that he's going to be out for 60 days completely, and it creates a roster spot," Girardi said.
• Shawn Kelley (strained lumbar spine) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. If it goes well, he would be cleared to begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment.
• On this date in 1932, Lou Gehrig hit four consecutive home runs and narrowly missed a fifth, and Tony Lazzeri hit for the cycle as the Yankees won, 20-13, at Philadelphia. The 33 combined runs tied for the most in a single game in franchise history.