NEW YORK -- There has been a sentiment among a vocal portion of the Yankees' fan base that seems ambivalent about the upcoming returns of Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis, a stance that perplexes manager Joe Girardi.
"It is kind of unusual, when you think about the numbers that these two guys have put up over their career, and the importance of what Tex has been to us here and Youk has been other places," Girardi said. "It is kind of strange."
Girardi said that with Teixeira and Youkilis expected to return on Friday against the Red Sox, his plan is to put both players in the lineup. That could displace, among others, first baseman Lyle Overbay and third baseman David Adams, both of whom have been productive.
"I'm not sure what you expect me to do with a starting player; sit him?" Girardi said. "I mean, we're going to bring them back when we feel they're ready to go. If we feel they're ready to go, we're going to play them. That's the reason you bring them back."
Teixeira has not played at all this season due to a partially torn tendon in his right wrist, while Youkilis batted .266 with two homers and seven RBIs before he was lost to a lumbar spine sprain in late April.
Overbay has said that he hopes there will be room for him to coexist on the roster with the returning players, while Adams said that he tries not to think much about what could come down the line.
"That's the nature of the business -- it's what happens," Girardi said. "A lot of times, it's an opportunity for a player to open someone's eyes or to get their feet wet or to let us know that they can still play. Everyone talks about chemistry; chemistry is usually brought about by winning games. If we continue to win games, people probably won't talk about the chemistry."
Jeter discusses rehab after playing catch
NEW YORK -- The atmosphere of the Subway Series has always been enjoyable for Derek Jeter, but this one won't be quite as fun for the Yankees' captain. He'll have no choice other than to watch from the dugout as this series against the Mets plays out.
Jeter made a brief appearance on the field at Yankee Stadium before Wednesday's game, playing catch during batting practice, and said that it was the first time he has done so since having a walking boot removed from his left foot last week.
"I just started throwing today," Jeter said. "I've got another test in the next week and a half, and after that, I'll know [more]. I can't run. I can't do anything like that until the next test. We'll wait to see what happens."
Jeter quipped that his arm felt good after the light round of catch with Anthony Flynn, the Yanks' assistant video coordinator, and the shortstop said that he has not experienced much pain or stiffness in his left ankle, which was diagnosed with a small new fracture in April.
"It's been good," Jeter said. "Like I said, I haven't done anything besides walk. It's been pretty good doing that, but we won't know until the test. You can't fake out a CT scan, so we'll see what it says."
Jeter said that his next test will likely be in Florida, and he will return to Tampa, Fla., after the Yankees' homestand, which will end on June 5. Jeter said that although he hasn't been on the field much, it has been nice to be around the team when it's here at the Stadium.
"I've been back -- I was here the last two homestands," Jeter said. "In that sense, it's nothing new. I haven't been on the field, but I've at least been around the guys. It feels good to come here. You get kind of bored when you're down in Florida and not doing too much.
"I'm not patient, man. I think I've gotten more patience as I've gotten older, but I'm not very patient. It's a character flaw."
Jeter said that he guesses the second fracture of his ankle came around the time he was scratched from a March 19 exhibition against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., and that he had pushed the ankle too much in hopes of getting back to the Yankees' lineup by Opening Day.
Even with that knowledge, Jeter said that he will not scale back his preparation when he is finally cleared to begin more strenuous baseball exercises like fielding balls, hitting and running the bases.
Jeter said that he believes he could be cleared to resume swinging a bat next week, as well as fielding grounders hit directly at him.
"I'll do exactly what I'm told to do, just like I did last time," Jeter said. "It's just a freak incident, I guess, which caused it to break again. I don't know why. I don't think anyone knows why. I'll do what I'm told, and hopefully there's no setback."
Jeter said that while this season has been frustrating for him, he is proud of the way that the Yankees have handled the losses of several key pieces to remain competitive in the American League East.
"You can't concern yourself with who's not here," Jeter said. "They're not here now, so the guys need to continue playing well. They've been playing well with all the injuries that we've had. Everyone's done a great job.
"You want that to continue, but you can't really concern with yourself with people that aren't here, just like I'm sure they're not concerned with me."
Granderson remains on schedule following surgery
NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson underwent minor surgery on his fractured left hand on Wednesday, but it won't change his recovery timetable.
Manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees outfielder still has to go through four weeks of inactivity before he can begin rehabbing the injury and get ready to return to the field. Granderson was put on the disabled list with a fracture on the knuckle of his left pinkie finger on Saturday after getting hit by a pitch against the Rays the night before.
"The healing process, the time doesn't change," Girardi said. "In four weeks, he'll start doing rehab."
Granderson has missed 43 of the Yankees' 51 games this season. He sat out the first six weeks of the season after fracturing his right forearm during Spring Training. In eight games with the team, he batted .250 with one home run and one RBI while striking out six times over 28 at-bats.
Granderson is still expected to be sidelined a minimum of four weeks.
"It's basically four weeks of inactivity, then you go from there," Girardi said. "You can't expect him to go four weeks of inactivity and be in a game the next day."
• Vernon Wells was out of the Yankees' lineup on Wednesday after the outfielder finished New York's road trip with just five hits in 32 at-bats (.156). Girardi said that Wells might get another day off as the Yankees continue a stretch of 17 games without an off-day.
• The Yankees are planning on having left-hander Andy Pettitte return to the rotation during the upcoming series against the Indians that begins on Monday. Pettitte is eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday.
• On this date in 2009, Mariano Rivera recorded a save in the Yankees' 3-1 win at Cleveland, marking his 58th career save of a Pettitte victory. The pair surpassed Dennis Eckersley and Bob Welch (57) for the most win/save instances of any pitcher/reliever duo in Major League history.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.