It's the same old song for the New York Yankees, Mark Teixeira is hurt and trying to avoid the disabled list. Teixeira is battling a lat injury that has kept him sidelined since Monday. Teixeira missed Friday night's contest against the Toronto Blue Jays, but feels he should avoid the DL and make a return within the next few days.
An MRI on Monday revealed that Teixeira suffered a mild strain to his lower left lat. Tex has been on the shelf all week and has been receiving treatment for the injury. Texeira has not done any baseball related activities this week, but all signs are pointing towards him ramping up activity in the next few days.
"Today was, I think, the best day," Teixeira told Jamal Collier of MLB.com on Friday. "I feel good with where I am, but now, since I've been shut down for so long, we kind of have to take it easy the next few days and hopefully progress to taking full swings here soon."
The fact that Tex feels ready to increase his workload is a positive sign for Teixeira making a return sooner than later. The reports have been favorable recently on Tex and it looks more more like he will avoid the disabled list, and that was not a given when the injury first occurred. Yankee catcher Brian McCann has been filling in for Teixeira, since he has been out.
Although Teixeira is optimistic for a quick return, the Yankees will make sure that Big Tex is ready to go and will not rush his return to the lineup. "I'm glad he feels better," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "Obviously, we've got to start doing some activity to see how he responds to that." Girardi feels that the Yanks will go slow in their evaluation of Teixeira and that he is at least a couple of days from a return.
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