Things are finally starting to look up for the Yankees. Curtis Granderson resumed his throwing program yesterday, taking a step in the right direction toward recovery. Now, Mark Teixeira may be ready to take another step along the road to recovery.
According to Tom Withers of the Associated Press, Teixeira is expected to be cleared to swing a bat starting today. Once that happens, the logical progression would be for Teixeira to take some light swings off a tee, play soft toss, then eventually he can take live batting practice. Teixeira's recovery is on schedule according to the man himself.
Teixeira said he is "getting better every day. There's no pain. I could not be happier with the progress."
Teixeira turned 33 years old yesterday. He is still at an age where he can be in the prime of his career. However, he'll need to stay healthy. Teixeira battled injuries last season that may have prevented him from living up to his full potential in 2012. This season, once he returns, Teixeira will likely be looking to prove himself and help carry the beaten and battered Yankees himself.
In his career, Teixeira is a .279/.369/.527 hitter. He has 338 home runs in his 10-year career. Last season, over the course of just 123 games, Teixeira hit 24 bombs and drove in 84 runs. Teixeira is a two-time All-Star and a five-time Gold Glove winner. He will be a welcome addition to the Yankees lineup when he returns.
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