TORONTO -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira took seven at-bats in a simulated game on Thursday in Tampa, Fla., as he attempts to return from a strained left calf.
Manager Joe Girardi said that Teixeira also played an inning in the field and reported that he felt good afterward. Teixeira suffered the strain in late August and re-aggravated it on Sept. 8 in Baltimore while trying to beat out a game-ending double-play ball.
"To me, the biggest test is running the bases," Girardi said. "That's the biggest test for me, because I think he can protect it a little bit in the field if he has to. But sometimes you get into a situation like he was in Baltimore and your mind tells you, 'I've got to go.'"
Girardi said that he hopes Teixeira will be at 100 percent when he rejoins the Yankees, but it can be difficult to simulate the most demanding circumstances.
"You'd like to know that he's 100 percent when you put him back out there, but I don't really know until you can get into an intense situation," Girardi said.