Mark Teixeira has fluid drained from knee, won’t play today

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Mark Teixeira is out of the Yankees’ lineup for today’s game against the Rays after having fluid drained from his sore left knee.

According to manager Joe Girardi “he’s played through this and we fully expect him to be back in there tomorrow.”

Teixeira sat out two weeks in April with a hamstring injury after spending most of last year on the disabled list, but he’s been one of the Yankees’ most productive hitters since returning with 15 homers and an .825 OPS in 58 games following the DL stint.

Jacoby Ellsbury is also sitting out today’s game with general soreness, so the Yankees have Ichiro Suzuki in center field and Kelly Johnson at first base.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.