NEW YORK -- Manager Joe Girardi held off finalizing his starting lineup on Saturday until after he'd seen Eric Chavez take swings in batting practice.
Ultimately, the Yankees penciled the third baseman into the lineup, and first baseman Mark Teixeira was cleared to play in his second straight game since injuring his wrist.
Chavez started at third base and batted seventh in Saturday's contest against the Mariners despite a stiff ankle that could have developed when he was hit by a pitch in a 10-3 win over the Red Sox on July 27. Girardi said the team isn't entirely sure that's the root of the problem, but he speculated that could have been what initiated the discomfort.
"We're not sure. We think it could be related to when he got hit in the side of the ankle," Girardi said. "It didn't really hurt, he just felt a little stiffness."
Chavez can run and field without any issues, but the ankle is bothersome when he makes his stride during his swing. Chavez was a part of the first group to take batting practice before Saturday's game. After clearing Chavez, Girardi decided to go with the same lineup that worked for him in the Yankees' 6-3 victory on Friday night.
That lineup included Teixeira, who made his return on Friday after bruising his wrist on a dive in the series opener against Baltimore on Monday. An X-ray and MRI revealed no structural damage to the first baseman's wrist, so after resting for three days and taking a cortisone shot, he was back at first base on Friday. Teixeira went 1-for-4 in his return.
Girardi said Teixeira felt no lingering effects of the injury after Friday's game and was ready to play again on Saturday.