Yankees' Mark Teixeira delays target return date

First Jeter, now Teixeira: Yankees first baseman delays target return date

4/24/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The New York Yankees recently received some bad news when they learned that shortstop Derek Jeter suffered a setback in his injured ankle and would be out until after the All-Star break. They've now received more bad news on the injury front, as All-Star first baseman Mark Teixeira acknowledged on Wednesday that he will not be ready to play by May 1, his original target return date.
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"Obviously, I was being as optimistic as I could," Teixeira said. "I wish that the very first time I swung a bat, I'd be like, 'Wow, I feel a hundred percent.' But the chances of that happening weren't there, but I was always going to hope for that and prepare for that."

Teixeira's wrist simply is not loose enough to begin hitting right now, and he obviously will need a solid amount of work with the bat before he can gain his rhythm back and be ready to face Major League pitching. He'll not only have to work his way back into form, but also have to steadily increase activity without his wrist responding negatively, and it's hard to say whether or not that will happen.

The only swinging Teixeira has done since the injury has been underwater, and he is not yet ready to hit soft-toss or off of a tee.

"I've said all along, this is probably the most unpredictable one," manager Joe Girardi said of Teixeira's ailment. "Wrists are really tricky. You go day by day, week by week, and you see how he's doing. Eventually, if you can get him in games, you have a much better idea." The problem is, no one knows for sure when Teixeira will be able to see live action.

With an original timetable of 8-10 weeks, Teixeira's May 1 return date was always ambitious, but the fact that he is still not ready to swing a bat is somewhat concerning. A return near the middle of May remains possible, but it could very well be longer.

Lyle Overbay has been filling in for Teixeira at first base in most games this season. While Overbay has contributed more than expected, the Yankees obviously still want Teixeira's bat back in the lineup. Overbay is batting .246 (.281 OBP) with two homeruns and eight RBI this season. In 2012, Teixeira batted .251 (.332 OBP) with 24 home runs and 84 RBI despite playing in only 123 games.
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