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Mark Teixeira tests calf by running in outfield, hopes to return this weekend

Sep 6, 2012, 8:31 PM EST

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The Yankees have struggled to put runs on the board recently and have the Orioles hot on their tail going into a four-game series tonight in Baltimore, but the Bombers’ offense could be back to full strength soon.

According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Mark Teixeira tested his strained left calf by running in the outfield this afternoon at Camden Yards. He admitted that his calf is still a “little tight,” but plans to ramp up the intensity and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning to action tomorrow night. Yankees manager Joe Girardi seems to think later this weekend is more realistic.

“I’m not anticipating it (tomorrow), but we’ll see how he feels tomorrow and watch him go through what he needs to go through and make a decision,” Joe Girardi said. “You have to make sure that when he gets out there he’s ready to play and it’s not like a 50-50 chance that it’s going to happen the first night back. You can’t take that chance. We’ve got to feel pretty good that he’s going to be able to remain healthy.”

When Teixeira suffered the injury last Monday, it was originally estimated that he would miss one to two weeks, so he’s still roughly on schedule. He would likely take an extra day or two if the Yankees still had a nice cushion, but there’s obviously an increased sense of urgency right now.

Teixeira, 32, is hitting .255/.335/.478 with 23 home runs, 81 RBI and an .813 OPS in 119 games played this season.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    It looks like the Yankees need his presence right now. He is not one of my favourite hitters, but he is a disciplined hitter who consistently drives in a lot of runs.

    • pisano - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      proudly… you have this guy confused with someone else, he’s a strikeout waiting to happen. You put Tex, Granderson, Arod and Swisher together and that’s a hell of a lot of K’s in one line-up.

      • djpostl - Sep 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        “but he is a disciplined hitter who consistently drives in a lot of runs.”

        Let’s see. He does K lot but he also walks a lot and (prior to this year) had driven in at least 100 every year dating back to 2004. Proudly was spot.

        Factor in things like Russell Martin seeing time at cleanup lately, faults or not, he’s a big part of the lineup and makes a big difference.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    I do not believe what I am seeing in tonight’s game and I doubt that the Yankees believe it either. Bombs away for Baltimore.

  3. rockthered1286 - Sep 7, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Chris Davis > Tex

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