New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira had been aiming to return from the disabled list on May 1. However, he told reporters -- including Bryan Hoch of MLB.com -- yesterday that he's now acknowledging that he will not meet this target as he continues to recover from his wrist injury.
"Obviously, I was being as optimistic as I could,"
Teixeira said. "I wish that the very first time I swung a bat, I'd be
like, 'Wow, I feel 100 percent.' But the chances of that happening weren't
there, but I was always going to hope for that and prepare for that."
Teixeira has been recovering from a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist since early in spring training. He suffered the injury while warming up for Team USA prior to an exhibition contest for the World Baseball Classic.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn't want to put a timeframe on Teixeira's return at this point. The first baseman has been able to take dry swings from both sides of the plate and feels no pain. However he says he's not yet been cleared to hit baseball from a tee or during soft toss.
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