NEW YORK -- Hobbling on a crutch to his locker, Mark Teixeira said he will have more tests, including an MRI, on his bruised right shin Friday as it looks increasingly pessimistic that he returns to the field during the regular season.
Teixeira, 35, has started one game and pinch-hit in another since he fouled a ball off the shin Aug. 17. He has said he definitely thinks he would return this year but now is mentioning that he hopes the Yankees make a run that lasts until the World Series ends in November, giving him enough time.
"Yeah, in my mind, I'm playing," Teixeira said. "But, we tried to push it the first time and knew it wasn't ready. So we have to figure out how much healing's occurred and when I can push it again. For me, I'd like to go out and try to run today, but, doctors are saying it's not healed enough yet so, it's just a lot worse than we first expected."
Single-admission double-header: The Yankees thought about a day-night doubleheader for Saturday, but there is rain in the forecast for that night, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. Only tickets dated for Sept. 12 will be honored. Fans with tickets for Thursday can exchange their tickets for any through the end of 2016.
Pitching mathcups: Here are the updated pitching matchups for the series: Friday, Luis Severino (3-2, 2.04) vs. David Price (14-5, 2.43). Saturday pitchers will be Ivan Nova (6-7, 4.50) and Michael Pineda (10-8, 4.15) for the Yankees, while Marco Estrada (12-8, 3.18) and Marcus Stroman (season debut) will go for the Jays. Stroman will pitch the second game, while the Yankees haven't determind their order; Sunday, Masahiro Tanaka (11-6, 3.57) vs. R.A. Dickey (10-10, 4.01). CC Sabathia will start on Monday in Tampa.