8/9/2014 5:45 P.M. ET
Pain persistent, but Tex hopes to avoid DL
By Bryan Hoch and Jamal Collier / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira said that it was "very painful" to attempt hitting off a tee and that he is not able to correctly grip a bat, but the Yankees' first baseman is hopeful that he will be able to avoid the disabled list.
Teixeira sustained a laceration to his left pinky finger in Wednesday's 5-1 victory over the Tigers, requiring three stitches. He said the cut is healing, but he is still swinging at only about 50 percent.
"The joint is really, really sore, and so whether it was sprained or bruised, we're not sure exactly," Teixeira said. "But the joint is really sore. The cut, you just wrap it up and you play. The joint, I can't grip the bat."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Teixeira took some light batting practice in the underground cages on Saturday and reported some improvement.
"He felt better today; he took swings and felt better, so hopefully it's not much longer with him and we'll just take it day by day," Girardi said.
Teixeira said that swinging would affect him more from the right side of the plate. Girardi said that if it appears that Teixeira would be out for six to seven days, the Yankees would give thought to placing him on the DL.
"Right now, it's working, what we're doing," Girardi said. "But we'll just wait and see."
Rehabbing Pineda on verge of rejoining rotation
NEW YORK -- With two Minor League rehab starts under his belt, Michael Pineda said that he is ready to rejoin the Yankees' rotation, giving manager Joe Girardi a choice to make in advance of next week's showdown with the American League East-leading Orioles.
Pineda fired 4 1/3 innings of one-run ball on Friday evening for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Columbus, showcasing a fastball that sat between 92 and 94 mph as well as a swing-and-miss slider.
"Everything is good," Pineda said on Saturday. "My pitches are there, my velocity is there. I'm feeling good, and I'm happy with that."
Pineda threw 72 pitches in the outing, scattering six hits while walking none and striking out seven. He said that he has not been told where his next start will be, but he feels prepared to face big league hitters.
"I'm feeling great," Pineda said. "Everything is normal."
The Yankees had said that they wanted Pineda to reach 90 pitches in a Minor League rehab start before activating him, but David Phelps' injury has changed the landscape.
Esmil Rogers pitched well in a spot start on Friday, holding the Indians to a run over five innings. Girardi said that Pineda and Rogers will both have throw days on Sunday, providing the manager the option of handing the ball to either pitcher on Wednesday in Baltimore.
"That's something that we'll have to talk about," Girardi said. "[Pineda's] next start, he could go to 90 [pitches], but we'll sit down and we'll talk about it."
Day after injury, McCann hits concussion DL
NEW YORK -- The Yankees placed catcher Brian McCann on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, recalling catcher Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
McCann was diagnosed with what the team called a "mild" concussion, and the decision was made to place McCann on the DL after he was examined by a neurologist on Saturday.
"It's not what you want, but it's what we felt was necessary to do to protect him and to make sure that he was going to be OK," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
McCann was struck in the mask by a foul ball off the bat of Mike Aviles during the third inning of Friday's 10-6 win over the Indians. McCann stayed in the game but was removed for a sixth-inning pinch-hitter.
McCann is batting .238 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs in 103 games during his first season with the Yankees.
Girardi said that he plans to use Francisco Cervelli as the starting catcher in McCann's absence, with Romine as the backup. Cervelli has been swinging the bat well of late, stroking 12 hits in his last 32 at-bats (.375).
"I think he can handle it, but if I feel he needs a blow, I'm not afraid to put Romine in there," Girardi said. "He's done a good job behind home plate when he's been up here for us, and I'm not afraid to put them in there."
Romine was batting .252 with five home runs and 30 RBIs at Triple-A.
"In the beginning of the year, I struggled, just being sent back down to Triple-A and having to get my head around some stuff," Romine said. "The numbers kind of showed it, but in the middle of the year, I picked it back up and found my swing again."
• The Yankees announced on Saturday that they have unconditionally released infielder Brian Roberts, who was designated for assignment on Aug. 1. Roberts batted .237 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 91 games for the Yankees this season.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.