The Yankees and Red Sox are moments away from the first pitch of game the second game of the four-game series this weekend in the Bronx. CC Sabathia and Jon Lester will square off tonight, with the Yankees looking to take a 2-0 lead in the season series against their bitter rivals.
Here is some pre-game news and notes complied from the reporters around the web and on Twitter to get you ready for the game.
Teixeira should be ready soon: The Yankees were hoping that Mark Teixeira would come back healthy enough to be a decent power force in the middle of the lineup this season, but after just a few of games, the switch-hitting first baseman strained a hamstring and landed him self on the disabled list for a couple of weeks.
Manager Joe Girardi said this afternoon that he expects Teixeira to be back by May 1st, but doesn't think that infielder Brendan Ryan will be ready to join the team by then.
Teixeira was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain -- the least serious of the injury -- while Ryan has been out since March 4th with what is being called a "cervical spine nerve injury."
"He is going to take some time," Girardi said of Ryan to ESPN NY. "He’s doing some light baseball activity. He’s taken some grounders. He's improving but he’s still a ways away from games. So I would think May 1 would be doubtful for him."
Ryan only had eight at-bats during the spring before getting hurt, and was kept out of the lineup for the rest of spring training. Because of that, he basically he's to redo his whole spring from the beginning. Girardi all but ruled him out for May.
Before Ryan can begin any baseball activities, he has to first be cleared by a doctor, and the Yankees are still waiting for that to happen.
Robertson back to throwing: Closer David Robertson played catch for the second time this week and said the next step would be to throw off flat ground before tossing a bullpen or two. Robertson is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 groin strain. He was placed on the DL on Monday, and expects to be back in the minimum 15 days.
Speaking of closers: After getting the night off yesterday, Shawn Kelley will be back in the closer role tonight for the Yankees. Girardi had to go with David Phelps for 2 1/3 innings, as he would go on to pick up his first career save. Phelps and Cesar Cabral were the only relievers used last night, and everybody expect Vidal Nuno, who threw 3 1/3 innings on Tuesday, should be available to pitch.
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