NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira commented that his legs felt like "two cement blocks" as he rounded the bases for a ninth-inning home run in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park, a good indication that the Yankees' first baseman was due for a break.
Manager Joe Girardi received the message, leaving Teixeira out of the starting lineup in Monday's 9-7 loss as the club opened the Subway Series against the Mets.
Teixeira entered in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter, lining a single, but he was immediately replaced by pinch-runner Brendan Ryan. Teixeira has also been feeling tightness in his left groin, but given the Yanks' rash of injuries, Teixeira said he is intent upon playing on Tuesday.
"I'm going to play tomorrow, no matter what," Teixeira said after the loss. "You hate to see Carlos [Beltran] not feeling good, you hate to see Ichiro not feeling good, but I'm out there tomorrow no matter what."
Beltran was sent for an MRI exam after hyperextending his right elbow while hitting in the batting cage during Monday's game; Ichiro was unable to play after injuring his back while attempting to catch a sinking line drive on Sunday.
Teixeira said that he has learned to be more cautious about his body late in his career. He served a stint on the disabled list earlier this season due to a strained right hamstring and was told not to run hard in his ninth-inning at-bat.
"That's what happens to guys that are older; you get bumps and bruises," Teixeira said. "That's the unfortunate part about getting old. But we have a very deep team; we have a bunch of guys that are champing at the bit to get at-bats.
"We have All Stars sitting on the bench, so we'll fill in where we need to fill in and guys that are bumped and bruised, we'll give them a day here and there. We'll get back at it."
Aceves a candidate to start on Thursday
NEW YORK -- Alfredo Aceves remains a candidate to start on Thursday against the Mets at Citi Field, an outing that was initially scheduled for injured left-hander CC Sabathia, but manager Joe Girardi is not ready to lock in that decision.
"Aceves will be in our bullpen today, just because of the use of it the last couple days," Girardi said before Monday's 9-7 loss to the Mets, during which Aceves threw 18 pitches and recorded two outs -- both strikeouts -- but allowed two runs on two hits, including a home run. "Thursday could be Aceves, but depending on what we need from him, it could be someone else. That someone else, I can't really tell you right now."
One possibility is right-hander Chase Whitley, who was scratched from a scheduled start on Sunday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
"I'll let the people upstairs make that decision, who we will use," Girardi said. "Obviously, they will look at all possibilities and they'll make a decision."
Losing Sabathia marked yet another body blow for the Yankees, who have lost Ivan Nova for the year to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and Michael Pineda until at least June with a Grade 1 strain of the teres major muscle behind his right shoulder.
David Phelps and Vidal Nuno have already been promoted from the bullpen to the rotation, with Aceves perhaps to follow.
"Our surplus isn't such a surplus anymore," Girardi said. "We've had to obviously dig pretty deep here because of the injuries. You lose 60 percent of your rotation, you're going to lose a lot of guys.
"With the job Adam Warren has been doing in our bullpen and not being completely stretched out, it kind of rules him out. It is being tested. All teams are going to go through it, but we have to find a way to get through it until we get these guys back."
The Mets are scheduled to start right-hander Dillon Gee in Thursday's Subway Series finale.
• Girardi said that he expects a good reception from Yankee Stadium's fans for former Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, who signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Mets this past offseason.
"I think they'll be pretty favorable," Girardi said. "Curtis had some really big years for us and did some really, really good things for us."
• Pineda said that he played catch on flat ground at a distance of 60 feet and reported no issues. Pineda plans to increase his throwing distance to 90 feet on Tuesday.
• Francisco Cervelli (Grade 2 right hamstring strain) said that his leg "is not 100 percent, but it's getting closer." Cervelli has been running on a treadmill and is scheduled to run outdoors for the first time on Tuesday. He could resume hitting this weekend.
• On this date in 1925, Yogi Berra was born in St. Louis. A three-time American League MVP and 10-time World Series champion, Berra was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Berra was at Yankee Stadium on Monday for the Subway Series opener.