NEW YORK -- Brian McCann has described his first half-season with the Yankees as "horrible," frustrated by his inconsistent performance at the plate. Yet the veteran backstop still remains within striking distance to be named an American League All-Star.
McCann was surprised to learn that the most recent balloting update released by Major League Baseball has him with 1,624,214 votes, trailing only the Athletics' Derek Norris (1,924,049) among active AL catchers. The Twins' Kurt Suzuki was 598,497 votes behind McCann.
The Orioles' Matt Wieters leads all AL catchers with 2,103,385 votes, but Wieters is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery. McCann was asked if it would be awkward to represent the AL in the July 15 game at Target Field, perhaps as a backup, even though he is dissatisfied with his statistics.
"I haven't thought about it at all," McCann said. "I don't deserve to be an All-Star. I'm not an All-Star this year."
McCann entered play on Wednesday batting .220 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 75 games; his .640 OPS is the lowest among the 11 big league catchers with enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title.
"He'll figure it out," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He'll work and he'll figure it out and get things going. This is a guy that's got a very good track record, and when you're going through it, it's no fun. He'll get through this."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Recovering Teixeira, Ellsbury rest for finale
NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira was out of the Yankees' lineup on Wednesday after having fluid drained from his left knee, but manager Joe Girardi said that he expects the first baseman to be ready to play on Thursday against the Twins at Target Field.
Girardi said he is not concerned about the issue knocking Teixeira out of the lineup for an extended period. Teixeira had the knee drained after Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Rays.
"He's played with this," Girardi said. "We really believe he'll be back in there tomorrow."
The Yankees' lineup was also without Jacoby Ellsbury; Girardi said that Ellsbury is "kind of beat up" and needed a day off leading into a road trip that will take the team to Minnesota, Cleveland and Baltimore before the All-Star break.
"He should be back in there tomorrow, too," Girardi said. "He's just overall sore, a little bit sore all over. He needs a day."
Girardi used Kelly Johnson at first base and slotted Ichiro Suzuki in center field, marking Ichiro's fourth game in center field this year. Girardi said that he chose to do that instead of disrupting Brett Gardner and Alfonso Soriano at the corner outfield spots.
"I just decided that you move one guy instead of moving all the guys around, you know?" Girardi said. "Ich has been mostly playing right. Soriano has been mostly playing right, and Gardy's been mostly playing left.
"So instead of moving all three guys or moving two guys to a different position, you move one. And you put your two fastest guys in. They're probably going to have a lot of right-handed hitters, so you put your two fastest guys [in left and center field]."
• Derek Jeter was in the lineup on Wednesday, a day game after a night game, and Girardi said that he will have to pick a spot to give the 40-year-old shortstop a breather in the near future.
"He's going to get [a day off] here soon," Girardi said. "He swung the bat good again last night. As long as his body feels good, and I feel he's moving around, I'm going to keep playing him. He's been productive for us. I'll pick a day here pretty soon, though."
• On this date in 1941, Joe DiMaggio went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer off Dick Newsome, extending his hitting streak to 45 games. That surpassed a single-season Major League record set by Wee Willie Keeler, who hit in 44 straight games in 1897.