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Mark Teixeira tests calf in simulated game

Sep 27, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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Mark Teixeira hasn’t played since aggravating his left calf strain on September 8, but he’s inching closer to rejoining the Yankees lineup.

According to Meredith Marakovits of YES Network, Teixeira tested his calf today by playing in a simulated game in Tampa, Florida. He took seven at-bats and also played an inning in the field. Depending on how he feels, the plan calls for him to play in another simulated game tomorrow or Saturday.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said during a radio appearance last week that he was hoping Teixeira would be able to return this weekend against the Blue Jays, but getting him back by the end of the regular season or the start of the postseason is probably more realistic at this point.

Teixeira, 32, is batting .255/.336/.478 with 23 home runs, 81 RBI and an .814 OPS in 120 games played this season.

  1. randygnyc - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    We need him back, badly. He’s our difference maker at this point. He solidifies the lineup both offensively and defensively.

  2. southofheaven81 - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Meanwhile, Derek Jeter’s entire leg has been aggravated as hell all month, and he’s not sitting down and has a batting avg. 70 points higher than Tex.

    • bigharold - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      I see your point about Jeter but if Teixeira came back and re-injured himself busting it down the line, .. which he got hosed on a call at first and it cost the Yankees a game, .. it’s not like he is a slacker.

      Your point says a lot about Jeter and it’s all good. But, it’s not relevant to Teixeira, .. there is no negative connotation as it relates to Teixeira.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      Jeter is hurting the Yankees on the field. Tonight he waived at a couple of ground balls that most short stops would have caught, and would have thrown out the runner.

    • pisano - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      What else is new, Tex is starting to be the new Nick Johnson, but the Yankees do need him back asap, hopefully he can stay healthy.

  3. badintent - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Tex gotta man up, for $24 million a year, I ‘d play with pain,like all the NFL guys do.Wrap it and get some bute injection, Tex, and down some of your smoothies. Mickey Mantle played with two legs that were infected broken and wrapped from foot to crotch and put big numbers up. Do it for MM !!

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