Tex set to take the field on Thursday or Friday

Tex set to take the field on Thursday or Friday

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mark Teixeira will play in his first game of the spring on either Thursday or Friday, manager Joe Girardi said.

Teixeira has been slightly behind the rest of the Yankees' position players as he wraps up rehab following surgery on his right wrist, though he has been taking batting practice and ground balls at first base.

Girardi should be able to put Teixeira in the field for either game. The Yankees will visit the Phillies on Thursday in Clearwater, Fla., and are scheduled to host the Tigers for a night game on Friday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

"I think sometimes you worry about their anxiousness to get out there," Girardi said. "I think Tex has been pretty smart about the way he's gone about his work. I think guys miss it so much that they rush things back. He's been right on track. We haven't been worried about that."

Teixeira had planned to miss the first week of exhibition games but said that he would get started on the field early in March. He played in just 15 games last season after injuring the wrist hitting off a tee while preparing for the World Baseball Classic.

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.