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Teixeira: “Everything is working properly”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 25, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark TeixeiraMark Teixeira is playing in an actual baseball game today. It will be an extended spring training game against a bunch of kids from the Pittsburgh organization, but still… for the first time since early March, he’ll step on a baseball field against another team with pitchers who’s only goal is to get him out.

“We’ve told the Pirates, listen, even if you think about let me throw one up and in here to get him off the dish, don’t,” Teixeira said. “That’s the last thing we need.”

Because this is extended spring training, Teixeira will get at least one at-bat in every inning until the Yankees decide he’s played enough (same for Kevin Youkilis). Teixeira will also play the field and run the bases. He thinks he’ll need just three extended spring games and two Double-A games before being activated.

Why, after nearly three months, should Teixeira expect to be ready after only five games?

“Sim games,” he said. “I saw 40 to 50 pitches every day for the last week. You can’t do that in a regular game. You could walk four or five times (if you did that) in a regular game. There’s a reason those kids are in extended spring training right now. We make sure in the sim games, ‘Listen,’ you tell the guys, ‘throw strikes, and try to get them out, but throw strikes.’ If there’s a walk then I keep hitting to make sure that I’m actually swinging the bat, and that’s been great. Those sim games are really valuable.”

The time off has actually given Teixeira time to work through a sort of personal to-do list of sorts, making sure he was fully healthy and fully prepared as soon as he was cleared to swing.

“The swing is really good,” he said. “One thing I’ve really concentrated on the last two and a half months is, any little thing that has been bothering me since college, I’ve taken care of. Little pains, little things where I’ve said, ‘If I ever have a lot of time off where I wasn’t preparing for a season, I would fix this.’ I’ve tried to really make sure that everything is working properly and my body feels good. I feel great right now. I can’t complain about that.”

In those simulated games, Teixeira has basically tried for a 2-to-1 ratio of left-handed at-bats and right-handed at-bats. He bats lefty more often in the season, so he tries to do the same when he’s doing drills. If he had his way, Teixeira would have been playing in games several weeks ago, but the Yankees have given him plenty of time to leave no doubt — as much as that’s possible — that the wrist is healed. All that’s left are a few final tuneups, and those begin today.

“I’ve been taking full swings, trying to hit the ball as far as I can, for a long time,” Teixeira said. “And I have been. I’ve been hitting the ball great for a couple weeks now. That’s all I’ve got. I’m swinging really hard and no problems.”

Associated Press photo

 
 

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51 Responses to “Teixeira: “Everything is working properly””

  1. Shame Spencer May 25th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Repost for Trader:

    Shame Spencer May 25th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I’d rather assume higher than lower.. figuring it’ll be $14-15 million. Not sure that they’ll be able to afford it depending on what they do with the pitching and how much Cano costs.

    Man it would suck to lose Grandy and not even get the pick.

  2. joeman May 25th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    photo..Tex looks a little slimmer

  3. joeman May 25th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    if I

  4. joeman May 25th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    may……love this song
    —————————–
    Here come the YANKEES
    Let’s get behind and cheer the YANKEES
    They’re gonna learn to fear the YANKEES
    Everyone knows they play to win, cause

    They’re the New York YANKEES
    Show them today why you’re the YANKEES
    No other way when you’re the YANKEES
    Wadda ya say we win a brand, new, ballgame

    We’re gonna shout when ya powder the ball
    We’re gonna scream, “put it over the wall”
    The other teams gonna know what it means to play the Y.A.N.K.E.E.S
    We love the Yankees
    Shout it out loud , We Love The YANKEES
    We’re really proud of our YANKEES
    And we’re gonna win today
    2, 3, 4, Hit, Run, Fight, Score, Go! Go! Go!

    We’re gonna shout when ya powder the ball
    We’re gonna scream “put it over the wall yo”
    The other teams gonna know what it means to play the Y.A.N.K.E.E.S
    We love the Yankees
    Shout it out loud, We Love The YANKEES
    We’re really proud of our YANKEES
    And we’re gonna win today

  5. Yankee Trader May 25th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Yankee Trader May 25th, 2013 at 11:06 am
    Doreen and GregD-

    I had to look at his minor league fielding stats, and Lyle Overbay played 25 games at AA in LF for El Paso in 2001.

    http://www.baseball-reference......erba001lyl

  6. Yankee Trader May 25th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Have to go.

    Have a great day everyone.

    Until later

  7. willkamm May 25th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Yankee Trader May 25th, 2013 at 11:09 am
    Yankee Trader May 25th, 2013 at 11:06 am
    Doreen and GregD-

    I had to look at his minor league fielding stats, and Lyle Overbay played 25 games at AA in LF for El Paso in 2001.

    http://www.baseball-reference……erba001lyl

    Speaking of playing the OF Tex played about 30 games in the OF with Texas. He also played about 15 games with them at 3B. Didn’t realize it but they must have thought of him as a 3rd baseman at one time because he played 85 games in the minors with Texas.

  8. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    The Jays had a corny break in ’77 song. Something about come with the Blue Jays, we always win. I was ten,…perfect age.

  9. joeman May 25th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    little Mimosa and Foreigner before my day starts

  10. blake May 25th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    ’ I’ve tried to really make sure that everything is working properly and my body feels good. I feel great right now. I can’t complain about”

    So we are hitting pop ups at full strength? I kid ….. Jokes aside they really need him to come back and be good…..hopefully he will

  11. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Les Nessman does, ” Hot Blooded “, wig and all.

  12. joeman May 25th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    switch over to a Michael Bublé..Feeling Good….

  13. Doreen May 25th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Well, then how hard could it be to get acclimated to OF?

    :)

    I am going to see Tex in Trenton on Wednesday. Even if I have to take my daughter with me!

  14. Doreen May 25th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Tex must have some bad memories of playing 3rd…

    But it’s good to know that guys have played other positions, even if not particularly well. With the way this season is going, all hands on deck has a more global application – all hands on all decks!

  15. blake May 25th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    “Well, then how hard could it be to get acclimated to OF?”

    I guess the question is…..how bad would Overbay have to be defensively to cancel out the amount better than he’d be offensively than Ichiro?

    I don’t think there is anyway the Yanks will put him out there…..they will stick with Ichiro and hope he hits until Granderson comes back or until they can make a trade

  16. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Joe, u sure are flexible. How about a little contemporary Mantovani? ( AC/DC used to test their new songs in that leaning mode – if it still sounded good, off it went )

  17. joeman May 25th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    jmills May 25th, 2013 at 11:52 am
    Joe, u sure are flexible
    —————————–
    haven’t been called that in a long while

  18. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Joe, run with it; everybody has to feel good once in a while.

  19. joeman May 25th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Another summer day
    Has come and gone away
    In Las Vegas & Miami
    But I wanna go home
    Mmmmmmmm

    May be surrounded by
    A million people I
    Still feel all alone
    I just wanna go home

  20. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Yes, we’re very proud of Michael up here. I think he’s pretty good ( beats the heck out of Rod Stewart doing the lounge thing ).

  21. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    ” Now you’re just somebody that I used to know ” – don’t know who does this song, but I like it.

  22. mick May 25th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    jmills -see the blah blah lifeson thing i sent?

  23. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Mick, for toi.

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/c.....#038;rel=0

  24. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Mick, The Iceman is, Al Hackner.

    Didn’t Winona Ryder get caught for stealing? Doesn’t matter,…I’m on her side.

  25. mick May 25th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    once again jmills:

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Rush induction 2013 Alex …
    ? 2:53? 2:53
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q421kNZ83BI

  26. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    From the depths of my true blue heart, ” blah blah blah blah “.

  27. mick May 25th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    funny at the 1:01 mark and when he goes Blah Blu….makes sense about finally getting inducted, crowd seems to have gotten it.

  28. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Chillin’ avec, Chilliwack.

  29. mick May 25th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Iceman is a new movie out there about the guy who supposedly killed Jimmy Hoffa among over 100 other hits

  30. joeman May 25th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpUYjpKg9KY
    ————————————-
    just like that mood has turned

  31. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Blah blu! – Chad’s gonna’ get rid of this one.

  32. joeman May 25th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    mick May 25th, 2013 at 12:29 pm
    Iceman is a new movie out there about the guy who supposedly killed Jimmy Hoffa among over 100 other hits
    ————————————
    heard about this….this guy has done a ton of interviews

  33. mick May 25th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    chiliwack sounds like hall n Oats

  34. mick May 25th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    michael shannon could be up for an oscar for his part as kuklinski

  35. joeman May 25th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    here you go..Iceman

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

  36. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Joe, sorry, your particular thang is unavailable on this mobile.

  37. Doreen May 25th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    blake -

    Yeah, just good to know what guys are capable of.

  38. mick May 25th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    not getting the rap scene, seems like a lot of posing.
    michael buble to limp biskit, thats diverse

  39. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    http://r6—sn-jc47eu7e.c......_counter=2

    Al Hackner – Iceman

  40. joeman May 25th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Iceman was a sick SOB

  41. mick May 25th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Ever hear of this group called Double?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX-Ru1XkNZc

  42. joeman May 25th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    mick May 25th, 2013 at 12:35 pm
    not getting the rap scene, seems like a lot of posing.
    michael buble to limp biskit, thats diverse

    —————————-
    Was called flexible & I’m sticking with that

  43. mick May 25th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    talk about a cold blooded killer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3bqNkA4jsE

  44. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    ” Captain of Her Heart ” :D

    Time for a little, Talk Talk and Level 42.

  45. mick May 25th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

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

    even better

  46. mick May 25th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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

  47. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    http://r6—sn-jc47eu7l.c......_counter=2

    You can’t go wrong with, Sharon Corr.

  48. Duh Innings II May 25th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I want to see Teixiera DH three games out of every seven and play 1B two, that way Hafner can start at DH four games out of every seven, Overbay can start at 1B five games out of every seven, and both can pinch-hit. Teixiera can still hit and ease his way back into 1B and playing everyday. Everyone plays most of the time.

    Hafner has posted .270/.387/.539/.926 with 8 HR and 24 RBI while Overbay is slugging .471 with 7 HR and 27 RBI. One of them can’t just be a bench player again.

  49. Duh Innings II May 25th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I meant all three can pinch-hit on days they don’t start.

  50. mick May 25th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    sounds a little like judy collins at times, i prefer vintage joni mitchell

  51. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Mick, she’s not the primary family singer, the title belongs to, Andrea Corr. Caroline’s the drummer, and she ain’t bad either.


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