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Mark Teixeira injury: Late May return is best-case scenario for Yankees 1B

More likely, however, is that Tex will not return to the Yankees until June.


Mark Teixeira's recovery from a torn tendon sheath in his wrist has been a bit of a roller coaster, even if he hasn't really done much of anything since hurting himself during batting practice in early March. The switch-hitting slugger has kept things interesting by changing his estimated return date just about every other week.

First, he was slated for a return sometime in June. Then Tex expressed hope a few weeks ago that he'd be back in the lineup by May 1. And now his debut is likely on hold until June yet again, reports Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York.

Marchand adds that Teixeira's "best-case scenario" would be a late May return, but given that the veteran first baseman is still limited to dry swings -- i.e. he hasn't hit an actual baseball yet -- aiming for June seems much more reasonable. While he hasn't suffered any real setbacks, his progress has definitely stalled in the last couple weeks, so it's unclear at the moment when Tex will be able to amp up his recovery to something as simple as hitting off a tee.

Lyle Overbay has been filling in at first in Tex's absence, and has done surprisingly well so far. Cut by the Boston Red Sox just days before the season started, Overbay quickly latched on with the Yankees and has batted .241/.267/.446 with four home runs in 24 games. He's not setting the world on fire by any means, but it's still not bad for a 36-year-old guy who slugged .360 in his last full season.


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