Teixeira, Aceves progressing

Mark Teixeira’s right elbow remains heavily wrapped as he waits for the swelling to go down, but the Yankees first baseman is hopeful that he will be able to return to Grapefruit League action as early as Thursday.

Teixeira was drilled by a fastball from the Orioles’ Jeremy Guthrie on Monday in Sarasota, Fla., and said that beneath the bandages, indentations of seams are still very visible. Teixeira said that he is continuing treatment and could try to swing off a tee later Wednesday.

“It’s better. There’s still some swelling in there, but it’s not too bad,” Teixeira said. “I’m getting my range of motion back, my strength back. I’m very happy.”

Teixeira said that he wants to be in the lineup on Thursday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla..; if not, Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects Teixeira to play Friday against the Orioles at the latest.

Yankees right-hander Alfredo Aceves plans to throw off a mound Wednesday, eyeing a Friday return to action after back stiffness forced him to miss an appearance this week.

Girardi has said that if Aceves can throw one more inning in Grapefruit League play, he will be able to come north with the team for Opening Day. If not, he would be considered a candidate to begin the season on the 15-day disabled list.

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