New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hopes to take the next step forward in his recovery from his wrist injury, as he expects to be cleared to begin swinging a bat, according to The Associated Press.
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Teixeira has been sidelined since early March when he tore a sheath in his right wrist. He sustained the injury while taking practice swings prior to an exhibition contest for Team USA, and he's been rehabbing and recovering since.
Prior to the Yankees' weekend opener against the Baltimore Orioles, Teixeira will be evaluated by hand and wrist specialist Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser. The slugger is hoping to be cleared by the doctor to resume taking "dry swings." The next step in the recovery process would see Teixeira move from dry swings to fungo bats to soft tosses some time in the next week.
For his part, Teixeira "could not be happier with the progress" he's made. He isn't experiencing any pain, and the wrist is "getting better every day."