It’s Day 2 of Spring Training workouts and Mark Teixeira reported to camp today. He spoke to the media about where he’s at with his wrist and what he expects his numbers to look like during the season:
— Teixeira says his wrist feels fine. He hit in the cage today and he’s optimistic, but he won’t know how his wrist will react once he gets into some games. He plans on taking 50 AB’s this Spring, believing that will be enough time for him to get ready. He’s also expecting no setbacks and he believes he’ll play 150 games and have 30 HR’s and 100 RBI’s.
— Teixeira admitted he was shocked Derek Jeter was retiring. “I was shocked. I thought he had a few good years left in him.” He thought Jeter could have played until he was 45 years old.
— Teixeira said he plans on playing at least 5 more years in the majors, if health and his wrist will allow him.
— Teixeira is well aware he’s indispensable to the Yankees and he’s going to try his hardest to get back on the field and help his team. “The team needs me. I know that when I’m out there and healthy, the team is better.”