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Monday, July 28, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran


By on 7/28/2014 12:00:00 PM

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has resumed baseball activities by taking batting practice in the indoor cages at Yankee Stadium. He plans next to take live batting practice on the field when the Yankees travel to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers. In addition, outfielder/DH Carlos Beltran has resumed throwing and outfield drills in preparation to return to right field later this week or early next week.



Mark Teixeira 

MLB.com's Jamal Collier reported Sunday about both players' progress. Collier said that if Teixeira can continue to swing without pain (left lat strain), then he will avoid the disabled list and return to the lineup before long. Collier also quoted Yankees manager Joe Girardi discussing his first baseman's progress. Said Girardi,
"We'll reevaluate where he is [Monday] and how he feels after [Sunday]. Hopefully, he's a player for us pretty soon here."
Despite playing in only 76 of the Yankees' 104 games through July 27, Teixeira still leads the team in home runs (17) and RBI (48) to go along with a .231 average.

Carlos Beltran

Meanwhile, even though Beltran has battled elbow problems for most of the season, he has played in 71 games, mostly as the Yankees' DH. Collier said that Beltran has started to practice throwing and fielding on the side as he attempts to make it back into right field, moving Ichiro Suzuki back to the fourth-outfielder role that the Yankees had originally planned for him.

Girardi said that Beltran is close to his goal:
"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. 
Beltran is hitting .228 with 12 HR and 35 RBI in his 71 games.

The Yankees enter play on July 28 in third place in the A.L. East, four games behind the Baltimore Orioles and one game behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the second A.L. Wild Card.

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