Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has begun taking some batting practice in the cage today and is scheduled to head down to Tampa on Monday to play in some instructional games at the team’s complex, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.
Teixeira has been out since the last week of August with a strained calf muscle. He did make a one game return on September 8, but only aggravated the injury while running down to first on the final play of the game (the infamous bad call that cost the Yankees a win against Baltimore) and has been out since.
The re-aggravated injury was expected to sideline Teix for another 10-14 days and Monday will be the 14th day so he’s right on track if a little bit behind. When asked earlier in the week, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that they hoped Teixeira would be back by the start of next week’s series against Toronto next Thursday. Without any further setbacks that seems possible.
Hopefully he’s at least back by the following Boston series (the final three games of the season). That way Teixeira will have a few days to re-acclimate himself against major league pitchers. If he has any further setbacks it seems likely that Teixeira will not be able to come back at all this season or will at the very least miss the ALDS should the Yankees get that far.