Mark Teixeira injury: Yankees 1B 'taking it slow'

Nick Laham

Teixeira is taking his recovery slow as he aims to return for the Yankees.

The New York Yankees were hoping to have first baseman Mark Teixeira back and activated from the disabled list on or shortly after May 1. While that initially appeared to be a realistic time frame for his return, it's no longer clear if the slugger will be ready by that point. Teixeira is continuing through his rehab program, and he told reporters -- including George A. King III of The New York Post -- that he's "taking it slow."

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Teixeira was cleared to begin taking dry cuts recently, but he's yet to progress to the point of taking full swings or participating in hitting tee or toss drills.

The injury was initially sustained when Teixeira was warming up for an exhibition contest with Team USA during the World Baseball Classic.

Teixeira has spent the past four seasons with the Yankees. Last season he hit .251/.332/.475 with 27 doubles and 24 home runs over 524 plate appearances. The 33-year-old owns a career batting line of .279/.369/.527 over 10 seasons in the majors.

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