“Obviously, I was being as optimistic as I could,” Teixeira said. “I wish that the very first time I swung a bat, I’d be like, wow, I feel 100 percent. But the chances of that happening weren’t there. I was always going to hope for that and prepare for that. The last thing you want to do is say, well, I don’t know when I’ll be back and then not train and not have that focus. I’m training, and I’m focused to try to get back on May 1, but it’s probably not going to happen.”
When Teixeira went down on March 5, he was given a recovery timetable of 8 to 10 weeks. Eight weeks will be April 30. Ten weeks will be May 14.
“There’s no setbacks, it just hasn’t loosened up yet,” Teixeira said. “So I’m hoping that that’s still the timetable.”
Teixiera said he feels no pain in his right wrist, which had a strain in the tendon sheath that has — according to his doctors — fully healed. He’s still not hitting off a tee, but that’s only because the tendon hasn’t gotten loose. Teixeira attributes that to a lack of use the past month or so.
“It’s stiffness. No pain,” he said. “I feel that I’m healed. I feel very comfortable that I’m healed, that there’s not going be any problems when I come back. But I do have to let it loosen up and really get more functional.”
Exactly when he’ll be back remains to be seen. On Monday, Curtis Granderson said he’ll need 50 to 70 at-bats before being activated. Teixeira — who played more than Granderson in spring training — said he doesn’t expect to need quite that many.
“That’s a lot,” Teixeira said. “I don’t think so. If I stink in the first 20, yeah, I’m going to need more. It’s all about timing. You can get your timing in the first 10 at-bats, or it might take you 50. The important thing is that you feel good, and then when you’re back with the big-league team, you can produce. You’re not just going to be dead weight in the lineup.”
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