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Getting Close: Yankees’ Teixeira Plays In 2nd Extended Spring Game

Mark Teixeira (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Mark Teixeira (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — He’s getting there.

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira singled in five at-bats during his second extended spring training game since injuring his right leg.

Teixeira played five innings of defense in Friday’s intrasquad game at the Yankees’ minor league complex. He says he is ready to return Sunday, the first day he is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list.

“Another good day,” Teixeira said. “Couldn’t be happier with how it’s progressing.”

Teixeira hurt an adductor muscle that runs alongside the hamstring trying to make a play on a foul grounder during an April 4 game against Toronto. He is to play seven innings in extended spring Saturday.

Closer David Robertson is scheduled to pitch in Saturday’s extended spring training game. On the disabled list due to a left groin strain, Robertson is expected to return Tuesday.

Infielder Brendan Ryan, on the disabled list due to a pinched nerve in his upper back, took seven simulated at-bats and is also set to play in Saturday’s extended spring game. Ryan hopes to rejoin the Yankees in 10 days to two weeks.

“It’s nice to be almost a player again,” Ryan said. “It’s coming along great.”

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