Mark Teixeira Injury: Updates on Yankees Star's Lat and Return

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Mark Teixeira Injury: Updates on Yankees Star's Lat and Return
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Updates from Tuesday, July 29

Mark Teixera has returned to the lineup, the Yankees announced:

Updates from Monday, July 28

Mark Teixeira made his return to the Yankees lineup on Monday according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

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:

Updates from Friday, July 25

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports Teixiera is still out:

NJ.com's Brendan Kuty and YES Network's Jack Curry has more on Teixeira:

Original Text

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:

The New York Times' David Waldstein outlined the timetable for Teixeira's return:

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:

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi has had to shuffle his batting order around to compensate for Teixeira's absence on multiple occasions this season. Since this appears to only be a short-term loss, Girardi should be able to fill the void left by Teixeira well enough in the interim before he hits the field again.

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.

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