Dec 29, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira suffered a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring during the Bomber’s ALCS matchup with the Rangers last October and was forced to sit idle for the first six to eight weeks of the offseason.
It’s December now, of course, and Tex spoke to ESPN New York on Tuesday about his recovery.
Long story short? Everything is going well and he should be back to full strength by the start of spring training in late February.
“It actually worked out great because I spent the first month of the off-season, which is usually an active rest period for me… I took that month as my rehab month,” Teixeira said. “And then once December 1st came I was lifting weights and running full speed.”
The 30-year-old also battled thumb and toe injuries over the final month or so of the 2010 season and wound up with a relatively unremarkable .256/.365/.481 batting line. He’s hoping for a 2011 season of complete health and better offensive results.