Mark Teixeira took 50 swings this morning, 25 from each side of the plate. He told a couple of reporters that he felt no pain.
“He took swings today; he felt good,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s taking ground balls. He felt good. So we’ll reevaluate where he is tomorrow and how he feels after today. Hopefully he’s a player here pretty soon.”
Asked if tomorrow night’s game is a possibility, Girardi said, “I don’t know. I’m going to take it day by day and just see how he feels.”
He has missed six straight games heading into today.
“The one thing he hasn’t taken is live BP, (just) tee and toss,” Girardi said. “The one thing you always have to measure is when you’re working, you can guard against a lot of things. When you’re in the course of a game, sometimes you can’t do that. … Hopefully he wakes up and feels great tomorrow and he’s able to take BP and we’ll go from there.”
Carlos Beltran could be back in right within the next few weeks, freeing up the DH spot.
“He’s continuing to throw,” Girardi said. “He has progressed and he has thrown more and more distance as we’ve went on, and he’s done some outfield drills early. I don’t think it’s too far off. I don’t know if it will happen next week, but after that, I think it’s a possibility.”
Zelous Wheeler is making his second start in right today.
“This is a guy that’s been used to being moving around in his career, and I’m OK,” Girardi said.
Brian McCann, after yesterday’s seventh-inning debacle, is again at first.
“He’s going to give me everything he’s got,” Girardi said. “This guy is a professional.”
Brian Roberts, not excelling offensively or defensively, isn’t in the lineup. Girardi indicated it’s just a normal day of rest for the second baseman.
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