Both Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis will be in the lineup of the Double-A Trenton Thunder for Wednesday morning's game -- that's right, 10:35 a.m. ET -- against the Erie SeaWolves, and both could be reactivated for the Yankees' home series this weekend against the Boston Red Sox.
Teixeira has been on the 60-day disabled since the beginning of the season due to a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, and Youkilis has been out of action since April 28 with a lower back sprain.
Manager Joe Girardi said each player took five at-bats in an extended spring training game Tuesday in Tampa, and each would play two games (on Wednesday and Thursday) for Trenton before the Yankees make a decision about whether to activate one or both for Friday's game at Yankee Stadium.
Teixeira's trip to Trenton had been planned from last week, but Girardi said the decision to send Youkilis, too, was made Monday night. Both Girardi and Teixeira have said that two rehab games should be enough to prepare the first baseman to return to the big club -- Tex played in simulated games last week and in an extended spring game on Saturday -- and now the manager says two games may be enough for Youkilis, too.
"I've said all along it depends on how they feel, physically and mentally, when you decide to activate them," Girardi said.
The imminent return of the Yankees' two regular corner infielders also means the imminent departure of one of the players who have filled in so well for them in their absence, Lyle Overbay and rookie David Adams. Overbay, who has played a solid first base, is hitting .251 but has eight home runs, third-highest on the team, and 28 RBIs, second only to Robinson Cano's 34. Adams is hitting .295 with two homers and five RBIs since being called up from Triple-A Scranton.
The Yankees could keep Overbay as Teixeira's backup and send Adams back down, or they could keep Adams as their everyday third baseman and use Youkilis to back up at both first and third, which would mean parting ways with Overbay. Girardi said no decision on the necessary personnel shift had been made, but "we go through those discussions every once in a while. I’ve also said you worry about it when it’s the time. So until we get to that day, we won’t say anything, but there’s ideas, obviously. But things can change real quick around here."