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Yankees' Ivan Nova to return from Tommy John surgery; Mark Teixeira out with stiff neck

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NEW YORK — The Yankee are going to activate right-hander Ivan Nova from the disabled list Wednesday to make his first start since Tommy John surgery almost 14 months ago.

Mark Teixeira was out of the starting lineup for Monday's game against Philadelphia because of a stiff neck that has been bothering him for 10 days. Teixeira had an MRI early Monday, but the results were not yet available.

PHOTO: New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) prepares to tag Detroit Tigers Ian Kinsler (3) on a sixth-inning groundout in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, June 21, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) prepares to tag Detroit Tigers Ian Kinsler (3) on a sixth-inning groundout in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, June 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Manager Joe Girardi was not sure whether Teixeira would be available to pinch hit.

Girardi said Nova was ready to return to the Yankees despite a rough final rehabilitation outing for the 28 year old, who is 40-22 in five big seasons.

In a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, the Yankees will use six starters through this turn in the rotation, ensuring Adam Warren will at least make one more start on Thursday before a possible return to the bullpen. He is 5-4 with a 3.62 ERA in 13 starts.

Also, the Yankees selected the contracts of right-handers Diego Moreno and Nick Rumbelow from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. New York had used 20 pitchers in June, its most for one month excluding September, when rosters expand.

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