Saturday, May 25, 2013
Teixeira back next week?
By Jason Catania
Mark Teixeira is hoping to return to the injury-riddled New York Yankees. What's the latest?
Teixeira suffered a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist in early March, and the prognosis put a possible return in the eight-to-10-week range. The switch-hitter indicated in April that his target date to get back to the Bronx was May 1, but that obviously didn't happen.
Not even close.
The biggest issue for Teixeira's timeframe is that each swing puts stress on the wrist and could re-aggravate the injury, so he cannot rush his return. We saw that happen to Jose Bautista last year, and when the Blue Jays outfielder tried to come back too soon, he wound up going back on the disabled list.
The good news for the Yankees first baseman, though, is that Teixeira has targeted Friday for his return to the lineup, according to George King of the New York Post.
Currently on the 60-day DL, Thursday is the first day Teixeira would be eligible to be activated. He's scheduled to play in extended spring training games Monday and Tuesday before joining Double-A Trenton Thunder Wednesday.
Getting Teixeira back could be a big help for the Yankees, who just lost Curtis Granderson to a fractured pinkie finger after he was hit by a pitch -- again -- on Friday night. Granderson will be out at least a month.
Lyle Overbay will continue to see action as the starter at first until Teixeira is back, and he'll likely get enough action between first and DH -- the Yanks will want to rest Teixeira and Travis Hafner regularly -- to remain a relevant option.