Mark Teixeira cleared to resume swinging bat
Mark Teixeira saw a doctor yesterday and was cleared to take underwater bat swings in the therapy pool at Yankee Stadium. Since his right wrist came through with no problems, Teixeira is advancing to dry swings – without contact, but also dry in the literal sense – this afternoon, 20 from each side of the plate.
Teixeira still believes he can be back sometime in May, and he plans to be with the Yankees until they go to Tampa. He’ll continue his rehab there, as he is now in the beginning stages of a deliberate process that will go from dry swings to hitting off a tee, hitting soft toss, indoor batting practice, on-field batting practice and then finally game action.
The main concern is how his wrist will respond to the left-handed swings, and it’s too early to even begin worrying about check swings and other elements out of Teixeira’s control. But for the moment, all of the news is positive.
In case you were wondering how a player takes underwater swings, I asked that question. The Yankees have a SwimEx pool behind the scenes at the Stadium; Teixeira said the water was filled about to his chest and then he took swings in there. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
Other early notes and news as the Yankees prepare to take on the D-backs:
- Andy Pettitte came through yesterday’s bullpen fine. He’s on track to start Friday.
- This shouldn’t be a shock to anyone, but Joe Girardi gave his firmest indication yet that Francisco Cervelli is the Yanks’ starting catcher. Girardi said that he plans to keep catching him three or four of every five days. Girardi said that Cervelli’s at-bats have been really good and, as long as he continues playing well, he’ll see more duty behind the plate.
- Michael Pineda threw a 35-pitch batting practice session yesterday in Tampa, split into two parts, and looked sharper than he did in his first two BP sessions. Lefty Cesar Cabral also threw a scoreless inning in an Extended Spring Training game around a Delmon Young single.
- Derek Jeter progress report from Tampa: More of the same today. Ground balls and batting practice.
- The Yankees have Vernon Wells back in the No. 2 spot and Robinson Cano hitting third with the D-backs set to start lefty Wade Miley tonight. Girardi said his lineups will remain fluid because the Yankees don’t have some of the players they expected to.
- The aforementioned Yankees lineup – Gardner CF, Wells LF, Cano 2B, Youkilis 1B, Francisco DH, Cervelli C, Boesch RF, Nunez SS, Nix 3B, Sabathia LHP.