NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Injured first baseman Mark Teixeira was hoping he’d be on the field for the Yankees by May 1.
Teixeira admitted the obvious Tuesday: his wrist won’t be ready with the target date just around the bend.
“Obviously, I was being as optimistic as I could,” Teixeira said, according to MLB.com. “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 suffered a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist while getting ready for the World Baseball Classic in early March.
He has been taking dry swings from both sides of the plate but hasn’t started hitting off a tee. Teixeira still hopes to be back sometime next month.
Manager Joe Girardi has been holding his team together with a number of stars injured (see: Jeter, Derek; Granderson, Curtis; etc.), but called Teixeira’s “the most unpredictable” of them all.
“Derek has become somewhat really unpredictable, too, but wrists are really tricky,” said Girardi, who wouldn’t put a timetable on Teixeira’s return. “You go day by day, week by week, and you see how he’s doing. Eventually, if you can get him in games, you have a much better idea.”
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