NEW YORK -- The calendar will allow Mark Teixeira to avoid the disabled list, but the Yankees are still expecting to be without their switch-hitting first baseman for at least a week.
Teixeira suffered a Grade 1 strain of his left calf in Monday's 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays, and manager Joe Girardi said that the team can keep him on the active roster, which will expand to 40 players on Sept. 1.
"I'll be really happy if we get him back in a week," Girardi said. "If this was not right around Sept. 1, I'm not so sure we wouldn't have DL'd him. Our thought is it's anywhere from seven or eight to 15 days, and if we DL him now, it's a guaranteed 15 days where he might have been ready."
Derek Jeter lost that argument last June when he suffered a Grade 1 calf strain, and the shortstop wound up delaying his pursuit of the 3,000-hit milestone by three weeks.
But Girardi said that, in Teixeira's case, they're looking at playing with a short bench for just three games.
"Our feeling is, we'll take that chance," Girardi said.
Teixeira believes he can beat Jeter's timetable, saying that he has been told his strain is not as severe as the captain's was.
"I'm hoping it's a week," Teixeira said. "It might be as much as two. I'm going to be as optimistic as I can. You guys know me. I'm a very positive person. I'm just going to really try to be positive here and hopefully I'll be back as soon as possible."