Pearce set to bat 4th in debut with Yankees

Steve Pearce is scheduled to serve as the designated hitter and

bat fourth against the Toronto Blue Jays in his debut with the New

York Yankees.

Pearce was acquired by the Yankees from the Houston Astros for

cash considerations on Monday, shortly before slugging first

baseman Mark Teixeira strained his left calf. He arrived Tuesday,

in time for batting practice.

Teixeira says he still thinks the injury will keep him out at

least a week.

Manager Joe Girardi said he had Pearce batting cleanup because

he didn’t want to disrupt his top three in the lineup and the

right-hander hits well against lefties.

The Yankees optioned Casey McGehee to Class-A Charleston. The

South Atlantic League team’s season ends Sept. 3 which will allow

McGehee to return sooner.