In the top of the eight inning, Yankees manager Joe Girardi called back Brian Roberts and sent up Mark Teixeira to pinch hit for the Yankees. Teixeira singled to left against Texas Rangers lefty reliever Neal Cotts and then was pinch-ran for by Brendan Ryan.
Teixeira didn't experience any pain or setback in his lone at-bat appearance and his return to the team for Tuesday is likely to happen.
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Mark Teixera took batting practice on Monday for the first time since going down with a lat injury last week. Teixiera is aiming to make his return to the Yankees lineup on Tuesday against the Rangers in Arlington.
Teixeira who has ramped up his workouts in the last few days, swung the bat without pain on Monday. Teixeira who was dealing with a strained lat that kept him out of the lineup for the past week, has also battled back spasms throughout this season. "I'm very happy. The back spasms are gone, which I've been dealing with for a long time, so that's really good," Teixeira told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. "It's good to see that the treatments worked and the time off helped, so hopefully they don't come back."
Teixeira, who was injured on July 20th against Cincinnati was originally expected to miss 3-4 days with the injury. It was also thought that he might have to go on the 15-day DL. With Tex missing a little more than a week, he has been out longer than his initial prognosis. But the fact that he successfully avoided a DL stint, is a positive for the Yankee first baseman.
"I wasn't expecting all the annoying things that come up," Teixiera told Hoch. "That's part of the game. Hopefully this is it, and I have two healthy months to finish the season. But missing a couple of games here, and a couple of games there, its never fun."
Teixeira has been battling injuries for the past few years and feels that they are starting to catch up to him. I've played through so many things. I can't play through them anymore," Teixeira said. "That's just the fact of the matter." Hopefully the week of rest is just what Teixeira needed to finish the season strong for the New York Yankees.
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