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Mark Teixeira could begin rehab assignment Tuesday

May 23, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

Mark Teixeira AP

After testing his right wrist in simulated games this week, Mark Teixeira is almost ready to take the next step. According to Erik Boland of New York Daily News, Teixeira could begin a minor league rehab assignment next Tuesday with Double-A Trenton.

The veteran first baseman said last week that he expected to be back with the Yankees before June 1, but considering that he hasn’t played in a game since he suffered his torn tendon sheath in early March, he may need a little more time in order to shake the rust. However, it’s reasonable to assume that he’ll be activated in early June if he can avoid setbacks.

Lyle Overbay has received most of the playing time at first base during Teixeira’s absence and is batting .250/.286/.467 with seven home runs, 25 RBI and a .753 OPS through 44 games. Getting a healthy Teixeira back would provide a nice boost for a club which ranks ninth in the American League in runs scored.

  1. cackalackyank - May 23, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    “Getting a healthy Teixeira back would provide a nice boost for a club which ranks ninth in the American League in runs scored”

    Given the way Tex usually starts out at the plate this is highly debatable. Overbay’s curent line is probably better then Tex’s will be the first month or so.

    • bigharold - May 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      “Overbay’s curent line is probably better then Tex’s will be the first month or so.”

      At some point Teixeira will rejoin the line up so he’ll have to work through the slow start stuff. And, even with his slow starts he eventually hits for higher average of the course of the season, slightly higher OBP and twice as many HRs. Not to mention being a switch hitter he balances the line up better and, at least theoretically, enhance the line up. And, he plays better defense. If the wrist is sound the sooner Teixeira gets back the better.

      The real issue is whether Teixeira’s wrist will hold up and can the Yankees keep Overbay long enough to be sure of the health Teixeira’s wrist, .. one way or the other. Being as Overbay can only play first, .. that might not be easy. So far he’s done a great job filling in but if Teixeira is healthy Overbay’s days as a Yankee are numbered.

      • mlblogspauly - May 24, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        not necessarily, Overbay coul be used as a backup and give Tex sme rest at times. He could also be used as a lefty dh.

  2. randygnyc - May 23, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    The weather is warmer now. Maybe the slow start won’t linger so long

  3. markofapro - May 24, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    He has a history of getting hurt. Count on him getting injured again.

    • jayscarpa - May 24, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      Not so much

  4. ironpeddler255 - May 24, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    What someone needs to ask is…”Is Tex one swing away from tearing that thing again?”

    Most athletes with this injury need surgery and he opted not to…so is he going to be ‘china like’ fragile the rest of the season?

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