NEW YORK -- First baseman Mark Teixeira refuses to place a timeline on when he might return from a Grade 1 strain in his left calf, but manager Joe Girardi gave the first hint at what the Yankees are expecting after Sunday's 5-4 loss to Oakland.
Girardi said he is hopeful Teixeira will join the Yankees on their seven-game road trip to Minnesota and Toronto, with the slugger leaving for Tampa, Fla., earlier in the day to increase his involvement in baseball activities and appear in instructional league games.
Sunday marked the 13th consecutive game Teixeira missed and 23rd overall since he first strained his calf running the bases on Aug. 27 against the Blue Jays. He missed 10 games the first time, and briefly returned against the Orioles on Sept. 8, when he aggravated it, prompting a more cautious approach and gradual increasing of his workload.
"It really all depends on what happens in Florida and how well it goes," Girardi said. "He's had more time this time than the last time. He feels pretty good. I hope [Teixeira joins the team on the road]."