Teixeira moving closer to return

NEW YORK -- After missing three straight game because of his injured pinkie, Mark Teixeira might be at least a bench player Sunday, Joe Girardi said.

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira

#25 1B
New York Yankees

2014 STATS

  • GM84
  • HR19

  • RBI52

  • R45

  • OBP.333

  • AVG.230

"He's going to go through BP to see how he feels, but he is definitely closer than he was yesterday," Girardi said Saturday after the Yankees' 3-0 loss to the Indians.

Before testing the pinkie, Teixeira was not as optimistic Saturday morning.

Corey story: The Yankees have had plenty of days when their hitting has been to blame, but on Saturday it was more about Indians starter Corey Kluber.

"He's nasty," Derek Jeter said. "You can see he is going to have an extremely long and successful career."

Kluber, 28, had 10 strikeouts in his six scoreless innings. Three relievers finished off the Yanks.

Cervy time: With Brian McCann on the seven-day concussion DL, Girardi said that his plan is to play Francisco Cervelli every day and that Austin Romine will give Cervelli a rest if need be. As for McCann, Girardi said the Yankees are doing right toward their catcher.

"It's not what you want, but it is what we thought was necessary to protect him and to make sure he was going to be OK," Girardi said.

X-rays: Brandon McCarthy's X-rays on his right foot were negative. McCarthy took a comebacker off the foot on a hard shot from Michael Brantley. McCarthy -- who was once drilled in the head by a comebacker -- said he didn't have any flashbacks.