Mark Teixeira gave his injured calf its first real test yesterday when he participated in a simulated game at the Yankees complex down in Tampa. Afterward everyone was real positive with how it went.
“He looked good, he ran about 75 to 80 percent,” minor league head Mark Newman told George King of the NY Post. “He swung the bat well, hit some line drives.’’
“To me, the biggest test is running the bases,’’ Girardi told King. “I think he can protect it a little bit in the field if he has to. Sometimes you get in a situation like he was in Baltimore and your mind tells you, ‘I got to go.’ ”
Teixeira, who also played one inning in the field, has been out since late August with the injury. He did play in one game on Sept. 8, but only made the injury worse and has been out since.
It doesn’t seem likely that Teixeira will play this weekend against the Blue Jays being that their games are on turf. Hopefully he’ll be back on the field on Monday for the Yankees last series of the regular season against the Boston Red Sox.