Updates from Tuesday, July 29
Mark Teixera has returned to the lineup, the Yankees announced:
#Yankees lineup vs Texas: Gardner LF, Jeter SS, Ellsbury CF, Teixeira 1B, Beltran DH, McCann C, Headley 3B, Almonte RF, Ryan 2B, McCarthy P— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 29, 2014
Updates from Monday, July 28
Mark Teixeira pinch-hitting for the Yankees. It's his first game action since July 20.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 29, 2014
Teixeira ended up hitting a single.
Brendan Kuty of NJ.com previously had talked to Teixeira about his recovery and when he will return to the lineup:
Mark Teixeira says he hopes he'll play tomorrow. He'll take live BP today. Says he feels better than he has in a month. #Yankees— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) July 28, 2014
Updates from Friday, July 25
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports Teixiera is still out:
Yankees lineup: Gardner 7 Jeter 6 Ellsbury 8 Beltran DH McCann 3 Headley 5 Ichiro 9 Roberts 4 Cervelli 2 Kuroda RHP— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 25, 2014
NJ.com's Brendan Kuty and YES Network's Jack Curry has more on Teixeira:
Mark Teixeira says he hopes to try to swing a bat today. Will push strained back muscle harder today. #Yankees— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) July 25, 2014
Teixeira said back spasms better. Hopes to swing a bat soon, maybe even today. Said goal is to avoid DL. "I hope to be back soon," he said.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) July 25, 2014
A slight lat muscle strain will keep New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira out of the lineup on a day-to-day basis.
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reported on Teixeira's ailment on Monday:
Teixeira will have the next 3-4 days off with a mild lower lat strain. No DL as of now.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) July 21, 2014
The New York Times' David Waldstein outlined the timetable for Teixeira's return:
Mark Teixeira has a strained lat muscle. Will be out at least a few days. Will have a PRP shot and hopes to come back at end of the week.— David Waldstein (@DavidWaldstein) July 21, 2014
As dangerous of a hitter as Teixeira is capable of being, the Bronx Bombers need him to be as healthy as possible as the end of the 2014 MLB season approaches. New York enters Monday's action three games behind the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East division.
Teixeira, 34, played in the Yankees' recent three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, but failed to register a single hit in 12 official at-bats. The veteran acknowledged that he isn't quite what he once was, yet still plans to continue his career for quite a while, per The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Barbarisi:
Maybe I'm slowing down a tick. Look, I'm not going to play forever. Eventually you start, I don't want to say declining, but it gets harder and harder to put up 30 [homers] and 100 [RBI].
[...] This is my 11th year. I'm not going to play 10 more years. I want 5 or 6 good ones. So that would say I'm on the backside of my career. And instead of trying to do things differently on the backside of my career, why not focus on the things I do well, and try to be very good at that?
John Healy of the New York Daily News highlighted how valuable Teixeira has been when in the Yankees' lineup this season:
Mark Teixeira has missed 21 games this year and still leads the team in home runs (17) and RBIs (45)— John Healy (@jphealy) July 21, 2014
48* RBI in regards to my last tweet— John Healy (@jphealy) July 21, 2014
How will the Yankees finish in the AL East?
The good news is that New York is entering a favorable stretch of its 10-game home stand, beginning Monday with the first of four contests against the Texas Rangers. They are in last place in the AL West, and thereafter, the Yankees have a chance to go heads up for three games against a division adversary.
The Toronto Blue Jays are neck-and-neck with New York in the AL East at the moment, but home-field advantage will aid the Yankees' efforts to inch closer to Baltimore and separate from Toronto. By the middle of that series, Teixeira figures to be back to give his teammates a lift at the plate and in the field.