TAMPA -- Carlos Beltran's close encounter with a wall in Friday night's 10-2 win over the Rays turned out not to be as bad as it looked, although it was bad enough to keep him out of the lineup tonight. Beltran went for MRIs on his left shoulder and right wrist, which took the brunt of the impact when he flipped over the wall chasing down a third-inning foul ball, and to the Yankees', and his, relief, they came back negative. But the soon-to-be 37 Beltran was pretty sore today, so Girardi is holding him out tonight. He hopes to be able to play tomorrow.
Nothing of the sort for Brian Roberts, who says he is fine and was taking swings in the cage just before the game. Girardi said Roberts, who has a history of injury and just missed three game with back spasms, was scheduled to have off for one of the four games on the turf here, will have that off-day tonight.
So here's the lineup for tonight's game against the Rays and LHP Erik Bedard, first pitch at 7:10 p.m.:
Derek Jeter SS
Hiroki Kuroda RHP
Mark Teixeira played five innings over at the Himes Complex today and got five at-bats. Girardi said the plan is for him to play seven innings on Saturday and hopefully rejoin the team for the series finale against the Rays Sunday afternoon ... David Robertson took fielding practice today for the first time since suffering a groin pull on April 7 and Girardi said he came through it without any issues. The plan is for Robertson to pitch in an extended-spring game on Saturday -- the same one Teixeira will play in -- and to be reactivated for the opener of the three-game series against the Red Sox in Boston on Tuesday ... Girardi said he is "leaning towards" starting Vidal Nuno against the Rays on Sunday ... As of now, the Yankees rotation for the Red Sox series is Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday, Michael Pineda on Wednesday and CC Sabathia on Thursday ... the pitchers took batting practice today in preparation for the interleague series at Milwaukee in early May, and Pineda put on quite a show, crushing at least on BP serve into the left-field seats at the Trop, much to the delight of his fellow pitchers.