Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (strained left calf) said that he isn't quite ready to run, so a Thursday return to the lineup is overly optimistic. Teixeira is still hoping he can play this weekend against the Orioles in Baltimore and might take ground balls on Wednesday.
Left-hander Andy Pettitte (fractured left fibula) will face hitters on Wednesday at Tropicana Field. The Yankees expect that their September schedule will not permit Pettitte to go on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment, forcing him to do all of his work under simulated conditions.
Infielder Ramiro Pena has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees designated Pena for assignment on Saturday to create room on the 40-man roster for outfielder Chris Dickerson.
Girardi said that he felt outfielder Ichiro Suzuki needed a day off Tuesday because "he's been going hard and he's a little beat up."
The Yankees plan to use Eduardo Nunez only as a shortstop and not as a utility man, as they did earlier this season. Nunez focused on shortstop at Triple-A after committing four errors with New York earlier this year.
On this date in 1993, Jim Abbott became the second Yankees left-hander to throw a no-hitter, beating the Indians, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium. It was the fourth no-hitter in Yankee Stadium history.