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Mark Teixeira planning to rejoin the Yankees next week

May 24, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

Mark Teixeira AP

Mark Teixeira laid out his rehab schedule for Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, saying the current plan calls for him to play four games in the minors next week and then come off the disabled list to rejoin the Yankees by the end of the week.

It’s worth noting that Teixeira has repeatedly laid out other plans for a return that ultimately didn’t happen, including initially saying he’d be back by May 1, but the Yankees first baseman is definitely getting close if he can avoid any setbacks.

Teixeira has been on the disabled list all season and if he returns next weekend he’ll have missed around 55 games with a wrist injury suffered during the World Baseball Classic. Fill-in first baseman Lyle Overbay has hit .250 with seven homers and a solid .467 slugging percentage in 44 games, but he’s also made a ton of outs with a lowly .286 on-base percentage.

  1. jcmeyer10 - May 24, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I wonder if he’ll have his standard start of the season slump.

    • protius - May 24, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Count on it.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Overbay has been OK, but it is time for Teixeira to get back to work. This Jays fan thinks that there are far too many former Jays starting for the Yankees. It is disorienting.

    • bigharold - May 24, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      “This Jays fan thinks that there are far too many former Jays starting for the Yankees.”

      I’d agree if Joey Bats was in Pinstripes. The Yankees could use a bit of RH power.

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 6:12 PM

        Cano for Bautista would work if Cano agreed to an extension.

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        If you are out there Harold, is there any news about Granderson’s latest injury? Does he have a broken hand?

      • bigharold - May 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        Looks like a broken finger. Dagnabit!. I like Granderson and it’s hard to see him get dinged up this way.

        Joey for Robbey??? What are they putting in LaBatts these days? Cause, that’s just crazy talk.

  3. gibbskins9 - May 24, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Just goes to show you that you don’t need to speed a lot of money nor do you need an All Star at every position to compete.

    • pjmitch - May 24, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      You don’t need to spend a lot of money either……

  4. deadrabbit79 - May 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see him ground out into the shift on a nightly basis.

  5. aceshigh11 - May 24, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Honestly it seems the Yankees are doing just fine without him. He can still be a great slugger, but he’s really slumped at times during the last few years.

    The power is there but the plummeting batting average has gotta be worrying to Yanks fans.

    • bigharold - May 24, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      I think the declining average is the downside of the left field short porch. While on the one hand it produces more HRs for LH hitters, it also hurts the average. It gets LH hitters thinking that they can hit it out at will. They start pulling everything, pitchers start pitching them away and averages suffer, .. even when the “shift” isn’t employed.

      I saw the exact same thing happen to Giambi. LH hitters just can’t resist it.

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