Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• Cashman does not expect Teixeira to return from his Grade 1 left calf strain until Thursday in Baltimore at the earliest, but said it is too soon to tell if even that will happen. He said Teixeira could potentially begin riding a stationary bicycle this weekend.

• Brett Gardner shagged fly balls during batting practice before Saturday's game against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, but Cashman dismissed the notion that the speedy outfielder would rejoin the team in September solely for pinch-running purposes. Out since April 17 with a strained right elbow, Gardner underwent surgery in late July, and Cashman said the Yankees would not use a postseason roster spot on a player limited to pinch-running.

• Pedro Feliciano allowed a home run in one inning of work Friday in a rehab appearance with the Class A Staten Island Yankees, and Cashman said Feliciano is throwing only 83-84 mph. The Yankees signed Feliciano to a two-year, $8 million contract prior to last season, but he has yet to appear in pinstripes due to injuries.