8/8/2014 8:45 P.M. ET
Tanaka progressing during catch sessions
By Jamal Collier / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka continues to pass through the early stages of his rehab process smoothly, as he played catch for the fourth time in five days on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
The right-hander made 25 throws each at 60 and 90 feet, and he will throw at 90 feet again on Saturday before an off-day on Sunday.
Tanaka is hoping by rehabbing his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament that he will be able to avoid season-ending Tommy John surgery. He will need a couple of Minor League rehab starts eventually, but the Yankees are hoping Tanaka can return in September.
Tanaka will have to progress to throwing at 120 feet before moving on to the next step, which is throwing a bullpen session on flat ground.
Teixeira working through soreness in cut finger
NEW YORK -- It's still painful for Mark Teixeira to grip a bat, but he took some swings prior to Friday's game against the Indians to test out his injured left pinkie finger.
Teixeira, who sliced his finger open while sliding into home plate during Wednesday's game against the Tigers, was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game on Friday. The cut required three stitches that will remain in for about a week.
The Yankees first baseman took Thursday off to rest from baseball activities, but the pinky still has not improved much. He was limited to tee work and soft toss on Friday, and he was hoping to eliminate some of the soreness.
"Just gripping a bat and taking dry swings is pretty painful," Teixeira said. "But I'm going to go out, run around, stretch. Hopefully some blood flow will help, get it warm. During the day, as the day goes on, hopefully it just keeps getting a little better."
Teixeira will likely need at least a couple more days before he returns to the lineup, even if his finger responds well. He has not gone through a full batting practice, and he was not sure if the injury would impact his play on defense.
"It's just sore," he said. "I'm not sure if it'll get worse, but it definitely needs to get better."
Yankees promote Mitchell, designate Daley
NEW YORK -- The Yankees recalled right-hander Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday and designated pitcher Matt Daley for assignment.
The Yankees wanted to have someone in the bullpen who could throw multiple innings if needed behind Friday's starter Esmil Rogers, who has been working out of the 'pen and threw during games last Sunday and Tuesday.
"As you bring a guy into the rotation, [Mitchell] was a guy that could give you a lot of distance in the bullpen," manager Joe Girardi said. "We thought we'd bring up Mitchell. He was throwing the ball pretty well in Triple-A."
Mitchell, a starter at Triple-A, was 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in five starts, and has pitched out of the bullpen just once this season.
When Girardi was asked how comfortable Mitchell would be pitching in relief, he said, "Well, we're going to find out."
• Right-hander Michael Pineda allowed one run on six hits in 4 1/3 innings (72 pitches) during a Minor League rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday. This could be Pineda's last rehab start as he recovers from a right shoulder injury.
If so, Pineda could return to pitch for the Yankees in Baltimore on Wednesday.
• On this date in 1970, the Yankees retired Casey Stengel's uniform No. 37 at Old Timers' Day.
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.