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Mark Teixeira expected to rejoin the Yankees on Sunday

Apr 18, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Mark Teixeira AP

On the disabled list with a strained hamstring, Mark Teixeira got three at-bats in a minor-league rehab game Thursday and is expected to rejoin the Yankees’ lineup Sunday.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that even before injuring his hamstring Teixeira talked about how his surgically repaired wrist may simply never be at full strength, so healthy hamstring or not he remains a big question mark for the Yankees.

Teixeira has been out since injuring his hamstring chasing after a foul ball on April 4. He turned 34 years old while on the disabled list and hasn’t topped an .850 OPS since 2009, which was his first year in New York. Of course, at this point the Yankees would gladly take, say, a .785 OPS from Teixeira.

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  1. bronxbomber213 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Stay hurt as long as you want Mr. Popup

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Good news for both Tex and the AL East.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      this coming from a fan who’s bullpen brought in all kinds of gas cans to the mound last night, it was a thing of beauty let me tell ya

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        I see that you retrieved your computer from the pawn shop.

  3. pbastille - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Question Mark Teixeira

  4. pisano - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Aside from his defense, he hasn’t been missed.

    • bigharold - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      You gotta give Giarardi credit for thinking of it and Johnson, Beltran and Sizemore credit for holding down the fort. But, so far the Yankees have gone 16 games and had three different guys with ZERO MLB experience manning first. That kind of dangerous living won’t work indefinitely. So, the “aside from his defense” is a pretty big qualifier.

      The Yankees are off to a nice start and guys that were expected to be bench or fringe players have done admirably offensively and defensively, .. just like Wells, Youkilis and Overbay did initially last season. But, the Yankees will need Teixeira to get back and not merely supply defense but get a least a reasonable representative contribution to offense too. And, frankly if his power wanes a bit that might not be the worst thing in the world. Like Giambi before him, his average slipped a lot after coming to the Yankees because, in my opinion, he turned into a dead pull hitter. He sees that RF wall and thinks he can drive it out at will. If he stops thinking that way, perhaps he ceases being a dead pull hitter and his average rise yet he’ll still be a switch hitter with some pop, .. with excellent defense.

  5. lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Nothing speeds up a rehab like a 5 game winning streak.

  6. Francisco (FC) - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Mark Teixeira expected to rejoin the Yankees on Sunday

    When is he expected to rejoin the DL?

  7. scoobies05 - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:27 PM


  8. markofapro - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    There should be a word limit on these blogs, especially for those who want to write just so someone might read their abundance of repetition.

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