BALTIMORE -- Chase Headley was cleared to play by a neurologist after being struck in the chin by a fastball on Thursday, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that he does not expect the infielder to be in the lineup until Monday at the earliest.
"He's going to do some stuff, some exercising today," Girardi said on Saturday at Camden Yards. "He'll take BP tomorrow, and then we'll see where we're at."
Headley received two stitches after being hit by a 96-mph Jake McGee fastball in the ninth inning of Thursday's 5-4 Yankees win over the Rays at Yankee Stadium.
Rejoining the team in time for the second game of Friday's day-night doubleheader, Headley said that he was thankful that his injuries were not more severe, and that he would be on board with whatever program the Yankees decided was best for his return.
"With any head injury, it's better to be safe than sorry, so we're going to make sure that everything checks out," Headley said. "I have great confidence in the staff that they're going to look out for what's best for me. I don't want to miss any games that I don't have to."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.