Mark Teixeira faces live pitching; aims to play Thursday
Mark Teixeira said that it was “pretty uneventful” to stand in against live pitching on Monday morning, but as the Yankees first baseman inches back toward game action, every step is an important one.
Teixeira took three swings from each side of the plate on the main field at George M. Steinbrenner Field, facing left-hander Manny Banuelos and right-hander Jose Campos. Teixeira ended the session with a solid single to left field off Banuelos.
“I wish I’d gotten a little more work, but we’ll get more work the next time I’m out there,” Teixeira said.
Teixeira said that he has not had any issues with his surgically repaired right wrist, but hitting left-handed is his main concern since it is his bottom hand from that side.
“In BP I’ve been swinging hard, but BP swings and game swings are totally different when you’ve got a guy throwing 90-plus,” Teixeira said. “I didn’t get any inside pitches, which I was hoping for today, but we’ll get more work in and I’m sure it will keep getting better.”
Teixeira said that the plan is to take live batting practice again on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then play on Thursday against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla.
“I feel pretty good. We’ve been here over two weeks now and the wrist is getting stronger,” Teixeira said. “That’s the biggest thing. It needs to get stronger. The bat speed is pretty good. We’ll keep building up and hopefully on April 1 it’s feeling really good and the swing’s feeling really good and I’m ready to roll.”