Mark Teixeira was not cleared to swing a bat on Friday


Via Matt Ehalt: Mark Teixeira was not cleared by doctors to swing a bat on Friday as he had hoped. “[The doctor] was very happy with how it looked, how it felt,” said Tex. “He wants it to get a little stronger before I swing so the next couple of days I’m really going to ramp up the strengthening because we’re kind of going week to week with it … He wants to make sure it’s really strong enough before I swing. But all good news, just not swinging yet.”

Teixeira, 33, hoped to start swinging a fungo bat this weekend and then take batting practice within two weeks. His May 1st target return date was always on the optimistic side — the original 8-10 week estimate put him on pace for a mid-to-late-May return — so I’m not sure this changes much. Sure, it would have been great for Teixeira to start swinging a bat this weekend, but I’d rather see them be extra cautious now and reduce the risk of a setback later in the summer. Given the nature of the injury, they need to make sure he’s 100% ready for any steps going forward.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. I’d sign for June 1st at this point.

  2. Steve (different one) says:

    Make sure it’s 100%, get everyone healthy for a big summer. Esp considering it looks like the 1927 Yankees up in Canada won’t go 162-0 as predicted.

  3. Eddard says:

    Yeah, this team is doing just fine for him to rush. We’ve got Phil on the mound today and he doesn’t have to pitch to Mark Reynolds. Kuroda on Sunday. The starting staff will carry the team even through offensive woes but this team has had no more troubles than last year’s team scoring runs.

  4. frankie says:

    Mark Teixeira was not cleared to swing a bat on Friday.


  5. SDB says:

    Good. I’d rather have Teixeira for the 2nd half of the season, rather than a few weeks in May before the wrist flares up again. Loverbay may not be the best hitter, but there’s no need for anyone to rush back.

  6. Preston says:

    I’m glad somebody is telling him to put on the breaks. We need him back at full strength, not to come back at 85% and re-injure it.

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