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Yankees pregame: Teixeira back in swing; Pettitte feeling good

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Apr 17, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Teixeira has been cleared to swing a bat today, albeit not with a ball coming toward him. He plans to take about 20 swings from both sides of the plate. It’s a step. He had swung underwater in a mini-pool here at Yankee Stadium yesterday.

There are several boxes that need to be checked off in this comeback from the partial tendon sheath tear in his right wrist.

“So it’s dry swinging today,” Teixeira said. “And then the next box would be tee. The next box is soft toss. Then it’s indoor batting practice. Then it’s outdoor batting practice. And then after that, you can do outdoor batting practice for a few days, where you go from like 20 swings to 30 to 40. So that’s the natural progression.

“But as long as there’s no issues, I’ll be able to make those next steps. If there’s soreness, I’ll take a step back. That’s where that eight to 10 (weeks) comes in. There’s two weeks wiggle room. I want to be back as soon as possible. But I have to be smart about it.”

Teixeira plans to travel with the team to Toronto after this Arizona series and then on to Tampa for the next one, which begins Monday night. The plan is for him to stay in Tampa and continue the progression if things continue to go well.

Teixeira has been hoping to return the first week of May. He admits there’s a little less pressure on him to try to speed up the process with the team playing well these days.

“If we were 2-10 right now, I think everybody would be saying, ‘Hey, Tex, when are you back? When are you back? When are you back?’ ” he said. “But all of us have stepped up and have done a great job. You look at what the team is doing right now, I can’t be more proud of how we’ve played. So it’s going to allow me to heal, which is what I need to do.”

Andy Pettitte is healing, too. In fact, he seems healed after those back spasms led to him being pushed back twice. The 40-year-old lefty threw a bullpen for the second straight day, this one shorter than yesterday’s. He pronounced his back good to go for the start Friday night in Toronto.

“Everything was good last night,” Pettitte said. “I felt so good, I threw another one today. So we’re ready for Friday.”

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25 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Teixeira back in swing; Pettitte feeling good”

  1. Rich in NJ April 17th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I would rather ask Tex if he would waive his NTC?

  2. Jesus Bustero April 17th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    joeman April 17th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    peeps here had him at .290..100 RS and 50+ SB….

    __________

    Peculiar elation surrounds him always.

  3. blake April 17th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    When I was in high school ken Griffey jr endorsed this tee that had this thing attached to it that made you swing with the correct path to the ball…..it was these two foam padded bars that you had to swing through to get to the ball…..if you went A-B-C instead of A-C of had too much upper cut then you’d hit the bars…… tex would beat that thing to death trying to use it

  4. astrocityfan April 17th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    rich LOL
    or at least if he could stop swinging LH

  5. UnKnown April 17th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Vernon coming up next on Intentional Talk. Should be good. Verns in interesting cat.

  6. luis April 17th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Good afternoon guys,

    Doreen… Good stuff on your recap, thanks

    Tex… Just waive your NTC please!!

  7. blake April 17th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Vern seems like a nice guy….know what I mean vern

  8. UnKnown April 17th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/w.....42689.html

    ——–

    Yanks should get on this.

  9. Jesus Bustero April 17th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Yes Blake I know what you mean Vern. Here you go, Blake

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRgrbhoBaQQ

  10. UnKnown April 17th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    The media did some major backpedaling today. Reminded me of how some operate here on Lohud.

    Donny might have to open up the Waffle House later :oops:

  11. Jesus Bustero April 17th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Like I said, “Stuttering John” has delivered more productive and worthwhile investigative questions than the talking heads today.

  12. Rich in NJ April 17th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    The media needs to speak in more conditional language until facts are truly established. It’s better to get things right than to just to be first without facts.

  13. blake April 17th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Love Ernest

    Man of Steel 3rd trailer….. Looks awesome
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6DJcgm3wNY

  14. Patrick April 17th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Like I said, “Stuttering John” has delivered more productive and worthwhile investigative questions than the talking heads today.

    My favorite question he ever asked was to Ringo Starr:

    John: So Ringo, what did you do with the money?
    Ringo: What money?
    John: The money your parents gave you for singing lessons.

  15. Cashmoney April 17th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvqjwTQ1Kqk

    blake, check this one out.

  16. blake April 17th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    That looks pretty awesome

  17. Against All Odds April 17th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Man of Steel looks like it’s going to be epic

  18. blake April 17th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Against All Odds says:
    April 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm
    Man of Steel looks like it’s going to be epic

    It really does….I probably shouldn’t get my hopes up but the trailers look amazing

  19. Patrick April 17th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Man of Steel looks like it’s going to be epic

    It does look really awesome. Hopefully this version of Superman is a hit so they can make sequels instead of re-telling the same origin story over and over.

  20. UnKnown April 17th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Funny because I thought if you BOLD and ALL CAPS things like Boston.com did today it must be the truth. That fallacy is also tried here and fails miserably.

  21. blake April 17th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    “It does look really awesome. Hopefully this version of Superman is a hit so they can make sequels instead of re-telling the same origin story over and over.”

    Hopefully yes….there are tons of directions they could go now with technology…. doomsday, Darkseid etc

  22. UnKnown April 17th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Stuck with Steve “Red Sox Homer” Berthiaume for tonight’s game. Extra Innings doesn’t carry My9 games this year for some reason.

    Go Yanks – Cmon C!

  23. jmills April 17th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    My #1 superman choice – anything with Margot Kidder in it :)

  24. blake April 17th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    UnKnown says:
    April 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm
    Stuck with Steve “Red Sox Homer” Berthiaume for tonight’s game. Extra Innings doesn’t carry My9 games this year for some reason.

    It’s on MLB TV

  25. Jesus Bustero April 17th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Stuttering John once asked Ted Williams if he ever farted in the catchers face. Ted got pissed. He also asked Tom Lasorda (who had been promoting Slim Fast shakes) if since he’s fat again does he have to give all the money back. It’s all on youtube. He once asked Betty White if she farts and blames it on the family dog. He asked Billy Crystal how many years was he married before he cheated on his wife.

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