After suffering from a lower lat strain, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hopes to be back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rangers (MLB.com, July 29).
Teixeira took on-field batting practice Monday for the first time since his last game on July 20 against the Reds. He singled in his first appearance back, pinch hitting in Monday’s 4-2 loss.
“I’m very happy,” Teixeira said. “The back spasms are gone, which I’ve been dealing with for a long time, so that’s really good. It’s good to see that the treatments worked and the time off helped, so hopefully they won’t come back.”
At the time of the injury, Teixeira has a platelet-rich plasma injection and only anticipated missing three to four days. The recovery has subsisted for longer than planned, but he has managed to stay off the 15-day disabled list.
“I wasn’t expecting all the little annoying things that come up. That’s part of the game,” Teixeira said before the game. “Hopefully this is it, and I have two healthy months to finish the season. But missing a couple of games here, a couple of games there, it’s never fun.”
Teixeira said that last season’s wrist injury has made him realize that he can’t play through injuries he may have played through in his 20s.
“You fouled a pitch of your leg, ‘Go get ‘em.’ Strain something in your back, ‘Go get ‘em.’ That’s just the way it is when you’re young. I can’t play through those things [now]. I don’t think I would have had to miss games with back spasms.”
Despite the little injuries, the 34-year-old said he just has to stay on top of maintenance.
“I was very lucky that I could play through those things and stay on the field as long as anybody,” Teixeira said. “But at a certain point, you hit a wall. I hit a wall last year, and hopefully I won’t have a lot of these. But if they do pop up, it’s just harder to play through it.”
When Derek Jeter retires, so too will his iconic, pinstriped number. With the career he’s had, there is no question that the Yankees will place Jeter’s No. 2 among the other heroes of the past, plastered beyond the outfield forever. No Yankee will ever wear that number again.
Not including Jackie Robinson’s 42, retired across all of baseball, the Yankees have 18 retired numbers. That total will reach 19 once Jeter’s is officially put away.
The Yankees have by far the most retired numbers of any franchise in baseball. The next-most retired numbers belong to the St. Louis Cardinals, who have 12. Behind them, it’s the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers , each with 10. These are four of the most storied and longstanding franchises in all of baseball, so it makes sense they’d be atop this leaderboard.
It’s important to keep in mind, too, that Major League Baseball has no mandates on retired numbers, other than Robinson’s 42. In other words, it’s up to the individual club whether or not they want to officially retire the number of one of their players, unofficially retire it — simply not assign it to anybody for a while, or keep using it altogether. Some clubs wait until a player goes into the Hall of Fame, others enshrine the number immediately.
The Yankees seem to pride themselves on tradition, thus it follows logic that they’d retire the numbers of anybody worthy. It adds to the franchise’s expressed mystique.
But when Jeter’s number is retired at the end of this year, that mystique will reach a brand new level. As of today, the Yankees have retired seven of the nine single digits, not including zero. The only single digit numbers available for use at this present moment are Jeter’s No. 2 and the No. 6.
That quantity alone is higher than any other team. The Red Sox have the next-most retired single digits, with five out of nine unavailable to current players.
Remember that No. 6 that’s still unretired? Well,about that… On August 23, the Yankees will be retiring that digit as well, in honor of newly-inducted Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre.
The new level the Yankees will reach after this season? No single-digit uniforms on the field at Yankee Stadium, or on the road in greys, ever again. Once Jeter is no longer at shortstop, the single digits will be completely gone.
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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter moved past Carl Yastrzemski and into seventh place on baseball’s all-time hits list as he recorded three hits in Monday night’s 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers (ESPN, July 29).
Jeter notched three hits on the night off Yu Darvish in the first seven innings of the game. The final, record breaker a drive into right field with two out and a runner on first in the seventh. This was the 3,420th hit of the shortstop’s career, putting him just 10 hits behind Honus Wagner in sixth place.
“You know, it’s quite an accomplishment,” Jeter said. “It’s tough to enjoy when you lost the game but yeah, I’m pretty sure when this season is over and done with, I’ll look back and get a chance to realize how special it was. But yeah, any time you talk about a list of all-time great players its pretty special.”
Jeter had tied Yaz earlier in the game with a line drive ground-rule double in the third inning. As he heads toward retirement in his 20th season, Jeter has been smashing records left and right. Most recently he topped Lou Gehrig’s long standing doubles record with the Yankees.
“It’s been neat to watch,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s passed a lot of people; you think about the doubles, he broke that last week, and then you move up on the all-time hit list. He’s been amazing.”
The Yankees (54-51) continue their three-game series with the Rangers (42-64) on Tuesday in Texas at 8:05 p.m.
Brandon McCarthy (5-10, 4.49 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Nick Martinez (1-6, 4.73 ERA) for the Rangers.
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Mark Teixeira pinch hit during Monday’s game, his first game action since July 20. Texieira expects to be in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Michael Pineda, who has been on the disabled list since April 23, is scheduled to throw three innings on Tuesday in either a simulated or rehab game.
The Yankees called up Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. To make room on the roster, recently acquired Jeff Francis was designated for assignment.
The Yankees have not yet discussed a contract extension with David Robertson, who is set to become a free agent after the season.
Result: The Yankees dropped their series opener against the struggling Rangers, 4-2.
Need to Know: Brett Gardner entered the game with two career hits off Rangers starter Yu Darvish, both home runs. Gardner homered in his first two at-bats Monday night to put the Yankees up, 2-0, and added a single in the seventh for his third hit of the night. Derek Jeter had three hits of his own, passing Carl Yastrzemski for seventh place on the all-time hits list with 3,420. David Phelps was strong through four innings, but Rangers first baseman J.P. Arencibia capped a four-run fifth with a two-run single that provided the winning margin for the Rangers.
Game Ball: Gardner, who drove in the only two runs of the game for the Yankees.
Links: AP recap | Box score
What’s Next: The Yankees will turn to Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 1.45) to snap a three-game losing streak that has dropped them 4.5 games behind the division-leading Orioles. The Rangers will send Nick Martinez (1-6, 4.73) to the mound in search of their first two-game winning streak since June 28.
Michael Pineda, who has been on the disabled list since April 23, is expected to throw three innings in a game-setting on Tuesday (Kuty, July 28).
It’s not yet clear if Pineda will throw those innings in a simulated game or an official minor league game.
Pineda last threw during a bullpen session last Thursday.
Pineda, who was initially only supposed to be out for a few weeks, has suffered multiple setbacks that have kept him out of action for three months.
The 25-year-old Pineda has posted a 1.83 ERA in 19 2/3 innings pitched for the Yankees this season.
The Yankees have called up Zolio Almonte.
To make room, they designated Jeff Frances for assignment.
The team acquired Francis on July 11 from Oakland for cash considerations and a PTBNL.
The Yankees have yet to discuss a new contract with closer David Robertson, who will be a free agent at the end of this season (NY Post, July 27).
“I would like to stay here,” Robertson told the Post. “I’ve enjoyed playing here. I like the atmosphere and the fans, but I don’t know what’s gonna happen.”
The Yankees took the righty in the 17th round of the 2006 draft. He debuted for the big league club in 2008.
He has 26 saves and two blown saves this year, with a 2.50 ERA.
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