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Teixeira Could Soon Start Playing In Minors Games; Pettitte Making Progress

Still No Timetable For When Derek Jeter Will Make Season Debut
Mark Teixeira (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Mark Teixeira (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Injured New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira could soon start playing in minor league games while pitcher Andy Pettitte is also working his way back to the majors.

Teixeira has been out since injuring his right wrist in early March while with the U.S. team preparing for the World Baseball Classic.

The All-Star has been taking part in simulated games this week at the Yankees’ minor league complex.

Everything is great … I can’t be happier with how I feel,” Teixeira said Thursday. “Play in a few more games here and then hopefully next week, a rehab assignment at some point.”

“The team is doing great and they’d rather you’d make sure you’re 100 percent healthy and be ready for long haul. I think that’s where we are right here,” he said.

Pettitte played catch for the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list last Friday because of a strained left trapezius muscle in his upper back.

“Felt really good,” said Pettitte, who will throw again on Friday.

Pettitte (4-3), who will turn 41 next month, missed a start in April because of lower back problems.

In eight starts this season, Pettitte is 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA.

Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, coming back from hip surgery in January, kept fielding grounders and hitting in an indoor cage as he wraps up his third week of on-field work. He did not stop to talk with reporters after working out.

A-Rod could rejoin the Yankees after the All-Star break.

There is still no timetable when captain Derek Jeter will make his season debut for the Yankees. He is still recovering from a broken left ankle in last year’s AL championship series.

NOTES: The Yankees open a three-games series Friday night in St. Petersburg, Fla., against the Tampa Bay Rays. … RHP Hiroki Kuroda, who left Wednesday night’s game against Baltimore with a bruised right calf, was at the complex with a team athletic trainer. … INF Kevin Youkilis (back) continues taking part in simulated games. … SS Eduardo Nunez (oblique) is also working out in Florida.

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