Notes: 'Tired' Teixeira sitting on Monday

NEW YORK -- Hot-hitting Mark Teixeira feels "tight" and "fatigued" so he is getting a day off Monday.

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira

#25 1B
New York Yankees

2014 STATS

  • GM22
  • HR7

  • RBI16

  • R15

  • OBP.383

  • AVG.266

"Every once in a while you need to take a little rest and this is a good opportunity for it," Teixeira said prior to the Subway Series opener.

Teixeira and Yankees manager Joe Girardi both mentioned that Teixeira's groin is a little tight. Girardi classified it as a low-level concern.

Both expect Teixeira to start Tuesday. Teixeira said he could pinch-hit Monday, if needed.

The veteran first baseman has already spent time on the disabled list this season because of a pulled hamstring. But he has been hitting the ball well since he returned from the DL, with six home runs in 12 games, including a game-tying solo shot with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday in Milwaukee.

On Monday, Kelly Johnson is starting at first base. Johnson has lost the third base job to Yangervis Solarte.

Notes: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on the "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN NY 98.7 FM that CC Sabathia (knee) will go see Dr. James Andrews in the next week. Cashman framed it as a precaution, because Sabathia likes to follow up on everything with Dr. Andrews. Sabathia is scheduled to meet with Yankees' team doctor, Chris Ahmad, on Monday. He hadn't seen Dr. Ahmad yet when he spoke briefly with reporters a little after 4 p.m. ... Alfredo Aceves will be available out of the bullpen Monday. If he isn't used, he is expected to start Thursday in place of Sabathia. If Aceves is used, Cashman said that Chase Whitley would start. ... Michael Pineda (upper back strain) has played catch twice so far. Pineda said he is feeling better. It seems like he won't return until sometime in June. ... Francisco Cervelli (hamstring) said he is now running. The Yankees placed Cervelli on the 60-day disabled list in the middle of April -- he could be ready to play before mid-June, but that is the earliest he is allowed to return. John Ryan Murphy has played well in Cervelli's absence, so Cervelli's spot might not be guaranteed when he returns. ... Shawn Kelley (back) is better. He warmed up Sunday and could have come in the game. He is available Monday. Meanwhile, Girardi said Adam Warren is not on the list of relievers he could use as a starter Thursday. ... Girardi thinks the reaction to former Yankee Curtis Granderson will be "pretty favorable" at Yankee Stadium on Monday. (Personally, I think the fans will be indifferent.)