Teixeira doubles in first minor league rehab game

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3:48pm: It was a simulated game against some minor league pitchers, not an Extended Spring Training game. Teixeira’s still not ready for a full blown game, apparently.

1:30pm: According to the man himself, Mark Teixeira went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk this afternoon in what I assume was an Extended Spring Training game. No idea if he played first base or simply DH’ed. It was his first game action and it does not start his 30-day rehab clock. That will happen when he joins one of the four full-season minor league affiliate.

Teixeira, 33, has been sidelined since early-March with a tendon sheath injury to his right wrist. He suffered the injury while prepping for the World Baseball Classic with Team USA, so the WBC is paying his salary while he’s on the DL. Lyle Overbay (102 wRC+) has filled in admirably at first base, so the Yankees can afford be patient with Teixeira. Wrist injuries tend to linger and no one wants a setback, especially considering how much they need his right-handed bat. Plus the longer they keep him on the DL, the more money they save.

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  • Darren

    Do you really think the Yankees would hold back Tex for even one more day to save money? I get that you’re saying it’s a slight silver lining, but I can’t imagine that it would impact their thinking at all. They’re usually cautious with players returning from injury anyway, so I don’t think saving the money for an extra game or 3 is going to enter the equation.

    More importantly, will Tex go through his normal early season troubles, or did he avoid them through injury?

    • The Real Me

      Yeah, while it’s nice the Yankees are saving money (I guess), unless it is money that comes off the luxury tax, does it really matter? If it changes their thinking for next year, that would help as well, but I don’t think it affects or will affect either of these. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

      The upside might be that they keep him in extended ST games and rehabbing till he’s past his early season slump. Overbay’s play also allows this to happen, so I hope he keeps it up.

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    Obviously this is great news…not so much that he got a double, but that’s he’s facing live pitching in a game situation.

    As I see it, I really think they have to keep Overbay as an insurance policy. Play him once or twice a week to keep Tex from reinjuring himself. I know there may be a roster crunch with Youk/Jeter/ARod coming back at some point….we hope?

    • Larch

      Does having recently been placed in the 60-day DL affect when he can come up?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        End of the month. Probably nine or ten days from now.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          He could, if needed, be activated Wednesday. Put on 60-day DL retroactive to March 22nd.

  • homerun

    Everyone be ready Yankees will be back to their old ways soon. Granderson will settle in and so will Tex and it will be once again Homerun or Bust!

    • jsbrendog

      your trolling needs work. i give it a 3.

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        …and grammer.

  • dkidd

    all the injuries will pay off in september-october when


    are fresh as daisies!

    thinking positive…

  • Dick M

    Do not want him back. Prayin for a relapse. Honestly, bottom of the 9th, down a run, with 2 outs and a man on 2nd, against the other team’s more often than not right-handed closer — who do you want up, Tex or Overbay?

    • Tyler

      Are you being serious?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      What about literally every other batting situation?

      • Tyler

        I’d want Tex in that situation also.

    • Larry

      Tex’s 1101 Career RBIs?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona


    • Ben

      You can’t be serious, first of all you don’t choose a hitter based on one situation. And tex is the better hitter hands down. So yeah, pretty ridiculous to no want Tex back.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Teixeira everyday and twice on Sundays.

    • gc

      Mark Fucking Teixeira, and it isn’t even close.

    • greg

      I mean I dont like the hitter that tex has turned into but hes still better then overbay

    • trr

      That’s really geing unduly negative, Dick. Tex has been a solid RBI guy throughout his career. Overbay has been a godsend in his absence, but we will need all hands on deck to win this thing this year

    • Bubba

      If I had to guess, your first name is not Richard.

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      I love how fundamentally sound Overbay is, & just how productive he’s been in big spots. I really believe at this stage of both their careers, Overbay is the better ballplayer, the better first baseman, & the better fit for this 2013 edition of the NY Yankees. I don’t miss Tex at all, & would be fine w/him staying away till next spring. Overbay and Wells have now become my favorite everyday players on this ballclub, & I really want to see how this team fairs w/them in the lineup for the rest of the year. IMO, if the pitching can stay healthy, & the lineup stays pretty much as it is w/Youkilis back, this group can win it all. Please don’t break up this gang-o-mine!!!

  • Dick m

    Batting lefty he has hit 247 223 and 239 over the last 3 years. His post season batting average is 196 with the Yankees over 138 at bats. Those are the numbers. And to the naked eye it’s even worse. His mechanics are awful and he is an easy out to a good pitcher.

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      Ditto! Also, unlike Tex from the left-hand side, has anyone else noticed that Overbay is actually willing and capable of hitting the ball the other way when pitched that way & seems to be having quality a/b’s against southpaws as well! So, not only can he muscle up when it’s called for (he just missed going yard earlier before actually going yard in his next a/b tonight’), but he does the little things well that don’t always show up in box scores but do contribute to w’s in the standings. Along w/his hitting, his defense has been stellar, & as I mentioned in some earlier post, that throw he made to complete that triple play earlier in the season was one of the damndest most amazing throws I’ve seen in my 55+ years of watching baseball games. All that, & he seems like a great teammate too! Yeah, I’ve got a serious man crush on this guy as he’s the epitome of a veteran who’s seen it all before. Actually, I don’t think he’s ever won the big ring, so I imagine, that really drives him. Regardless, so far in 2013, this dude’s been one helluva solid baseball player, & the Yankees should be thrilled we have him & the Red Sox don’t.