Yankees call up Miranda for insurance

Yankees call up Miranda for insurance

NEW YORK -- Concerned about the availability of ailing sluggers Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui, the Yankees moved to promote first baseman Juan Miranda from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to Friday's game.

One day after receiving a cortisone injection to alleviate inflammation in his left wrist, Teixeira was in New York's lineup, batting third, for the second Yankee Stadium game against the Cleveland Indians. He tested his left-handed swing in the batting cages adjacent to the home clubhouse.

"Huge difference," Teixeira said. "I woke up this morning, and it felt good. It's just sore from where the needle went in, but other than that, it feels great. Compared to the last week, it feels 10 times better."

But Matsui is a concern for the Yankees, as Girardi allowed that he may have taken "a little step back" in his return from left knee surgery last September. Girardi said that Matsui has fluid in his left knee and would be considered a pinch-hitter on Friday.

"During Spring Training, fluid had been coming and going," Matsui said through an interpreter. "It's been a repetition of that. I don't really look at it as a setback. I think it can be controlled to a certain extent with treatment and conditioning."

Matsui said that the knee affects him most when running, obviously, but that it is possible it has also impaired his ability to hit. There are no plans currently to drain the fluid, and a trip to the disabled list is not being considered at this time, though Girardi said that Matsui's knees are a subject that will have to be watched closely, as his availability may be in question.

"We're hoping that we can get him back," Girardi said. "I've said all along he was probably my biggest concern over the course of the year. His knees are pretty beat up, and you don't know how they're going to react from day to day."

Miranda got off to a strong start at Triple-A, earning International League Player of the Week honors for the period of April 9-12. He said he learned of his promotion on Thursday evening, leaving Scranton/Wilkes-Barre batting .361 (13-for-36) with three home runs and a league-leading 13 RBIs in eight games.

"I never thought about it, but I knew that if I did my job, one day I would be called up," Miranda said through an interpreter. "Even though they signed Teixeira, I was working hard, and if not here, maybe I'd go to another team if I kept working hard."

Girardi said that Miranda offers extra flexibility off the bench and that the move had been decided upon after Thursday's game, when the Yankees were not sure about Teixeira's availability. In a corresponding transaction, the Yankees optioned right-hander David Robertson to Triple-A after he appeared in Thursday's 10-2 loss to the Indians, hurling the final two scoreless innings.

"It's tough because he did his job," Girardi said of Robertson.

In other updates, outfielder Xavier Nady was sent for a CT scan on his injured right elbow on Friday, and Girardi said the Yankees expected to hear further results later in the day. Nady experienced sharp pain in his elbow while making a throw on Tuesday at Tropicana Field and is on the 15-day DL, hoping to avoid surgery that could be season-ending.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.