Joe Girardi couldn’t offer much about Mark Teixeira’s health on Thursday morning, but did say he’d like to see some improvement in his first baseman when he is re-evaluated on Friday.
Teixeira has not played since Sunday after an MRI revealed a minor, Grade-1 lat strain in his back. Girardi would not say that Friday would a be-all, end-all situation on whether or not to place Teixeira on the disabled list, but the manager says he hopes to see some improvement.
“It’s just about seeing how he feels after three or four days and deciding if in the near future he can play or if we’re going to need the 15 days. If it’s going to be 12, 13, 14 days, it probably makes sense to get a player up here,” Girardi said. “I don’t think tomorrow’s the day, but obviously you want to feel that there’s progress and that he feels better and that he can start doing some stuff. We wanted to give him three or four days without treatment and then see where we are at.”
With Kelly Johnson (groin) on the shelf, Brian McCann started the last two games at first base for the Yankees with Francisco Cervelli behind the plate. Cervelli will eventually need a break, which will move McCann back to catcher. Girardi says he has some players in mind to play first when he needs them.
“I’ve talked to Chase (Headley) about it. Chase said he’d be comfortable going over there,” Girardi said. “I would not be afraid to put Brendan Ryan there, I would not be afraid to put (Zelous) Wheeler there.”
When Rangers manager Ron Washington first saw Derek Jeter back in 1993, he never thought the future Hall of Famer would make it as a major league shortstop.
“At that time I thought he was a third baseman and not a shortstop,” Washington said. “Balls used to be hit to him at shortstop and he’d go to his knees to catch it and then get up and throw. I said ‘that guy can’t play shortstop.’”
Washington was in his first managing gig, with the Mets’ Class A team in Columbia, SC, and Jeter was in his first full pro season for Greensboro, NC, a campaign in which he made 56 errors.