UPDATE: Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Teixeira received a cortisone shot and is unlikely to return until Wednesday.
6:12 p.m. ET: Mark Teixeira is having a resurgent season for the Yankees, but Alex Schiffer of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that he was sent for an MRI today because of a lingering issue in his neck.
Teixeira has been battling stiffness in his neck dating back to a series against the Orioles last weekend. After sitting out a game last Wednesday, he’s out of the lineup again tonight against the Phillies. The results of the MRI aren’t yet known, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi is hopeful he’ll be able to return on Wednesday:
“His neck’s bothering him again,” Girardi said. “We’re going to give him the day off and see where we’re at and we haven’t been able to clear it up. We’re hoping that another day off will help.”
Teixeira is enjoying a bounceback year at the age of 35, posting a .920 OPS to go along with 18 home runs and 49 RBI.
Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nick Pivetta will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation, starting Tuesday’s series opener at home against the Cardinals. Vince Velasquez will remain in the bullpen.
Pivetta, 26, allowed 17 earned runs on 31 hits and eight walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings across his first four starts of the season. The performance resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six starts there, Pivetta had a much better 3.41 ERA with a 50/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work.
Velasquez, 26, was solid as a starter, posting a 3.99 ERA across six starts. However, he averaged under five innings and 92 pitches per start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Friday against the Brewers but was torched for four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. Mixed results, to say the least. The Phillies are trying to do what they can with their bullpen, currently missing David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and Vìctor Arano.