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CLEVELAND -- First baseman Mark Teixeira will have his right wrist examined on Friday in New York, and he believes he'll receive clearance to resume swinging a fungo bat.

Teixeira, who celebrated his 33rd birthday on Thursday, has been on the disabled list with a torn ECU sheath in the wrist and is hopeful that Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser will agree that he is progressing as he continues to eye a May 1 return to the lineup.

"It feels really good. I really could not be happier with the progress," Teixeira said. "You need to be at a certain level, and right now I'm at that level where it feels good. I'm confident the doctor will let me swing tomorrow, and hopefully, every day it keeps getting better. That's what has happened so far."

Teixeira could resume taking batting practice on the field during the April 19-21 series against the Blue Jays in Toronto. If that is the case, he would travel with the team when it goes on to play the Rays and stay at the Yankees' complex in Tampa to play in extended spring training games.

"I can get five, seven, nine at-bats if I want, every day," he said. "If that goes well for a few days, as well as playing defense, then I can get a couple of real games under my belt just to get that normal routine and then, hopefully, be with the team after that."

Teixeira injured the wrist while hitting off a tee during workouts for the World Baseball Classic and has decided not to take nearly as many swings in the future.

"This was an overuse injury; everyone I've talked to has kind of said the same," he said. "I take so many swings being a switch-hitter, I just need to back off a little bit. I'm going to look at it, especially this year while I'm coming back, as quality vs. quantity."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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