NEW YORK -- Rafael Soriano and Eric Chavez may return to the Yankees sometime during their current 10-game homestand, manager Joe Girardi said on Friday.
Both played for Class A Tampa on Thursday, with Soriano giving up one run on two hits in a 16-pitch inning, and Chavez going 1-for-3 with an RBI double.
Chavez, who has a bone bruise on his left foot, played in his fourth rehab start for Tampa on Friday, and went 1-for-4 with a double, playing seven innings at third base for the second straight night.
Chavez has been on the disabled list since May 6, and Soriano has been on the DL since May 27, and Girardi said he will likely pitch again Saturday or Sunday.
Girardi said he would like to see Chavez go through a nine-inning game before moving forward.
"You'd like to be able to get him back-to-back games to know that he can do that for you if you wanted him to do that," Girardi said of Chavez before Friday's game. "But besides that, not a whole lot. Just to see how the foot responds. It's one thing to DH, and then it's one thing to play the field and be on it all the time -- how's that foot going to respond? And as long as it's responding well, we have him play a couple days in a row, I don't see why we wouldn't consider him a player for us."
Granderson gets first start as No. 3 hitter
NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson was in the No. 3 spot in the lineup Friday, with Brett Gardner batting leadoff against Athletics right-hander Trevor Cahill. Derek Jeter batted second.
For Granderson, it was his first career start in the three-hole, though he has made three career appearances as the third-place hitter in the lineup.
"No difference at all, just be ready to hit," said Granderson, who has batted second all season. "You only bat third one time in the game. Any other time, the situation will dictate itself."
Granderson entered play Friday leading the Yankees and tying for second in the Majors with 26 home runs.
Yankees take precautions with heat
NEW YORK -- Gene Monahan got in his car Friday in Hackensack, N.J., and saw the listed temperature as 110 degrees.
"I didn't even understand that," the Yankees' head athletic trainer said with a laugh.
Monahan, who has been with the franchise for the last 49 years, could not recall a hotter day at Yankee Stadium, though he did go through some warm days while with the club's Double-A team in Columbus, Ga., in the 1960s.
The Yankees did not have outdoor batting practice before Friday's game against the Athletics, a rarity for a night game, and Monahan said most of the work to combat the heat is done pregame.
"Basically, we kind of like pre-have all this stuff," Monahan said. "In other words, we instruct our players on how to eat the day of a game on a day like this, or a night game even, if it's a night game. We keep our meals short and sweet, several small meals during the day, a lot of fruits, a lot of vegetables. We do some electrolytes, we take in some electrolytes, so we don't lose a lot of those from sweating and all that kind of stuff. And hydration, obviously, is No. 1."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he worries about the umpires in the heat, since they are not in a dugout or clubhouse in between innings.
Girardi said he did not do anything too extreme to stay cool during his career as a catcher.
"You're just hotter than a normal day, I guess is the best way to say it," Girardi said. "You go through a few more wristbands. For me, that would be the big thing. And you just try to drink a lot of fluids. ... And there were times I would eat, too, during the course of a game."
Matt Fortuna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.