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Cashman: Teixeira not 'close' to returning

09/18/2012 3:32 PM ET
By Jon Lane
The Yankees will apparently be without Mark Teixeira for the foreseeable future.

Sidelined since September 8 after irritating his calf strain, Teixeira is unlikely to return to action within the anticipated 10-14 day time frame. In an interview with Sirius XM radio, Cashman is hoping Teixeira will be back for the September 27-30 series in Toronto, the tail end of the season's final road trip before the team returns home for three games against the Boston Red Sox.

“I don’t think he’s close to getting back here,” Cashman said. “I think we’ll have a chance to get him back before the season’s over. Maybe, for me, maybe the Toronto series on the road, which is a little ways down the line here in that last week of the season. We’re trying to play for something more than just the division.”

A switch-hitting slugger batting .255 with 23 home runs and 81 RBIs in 120 games, and an invaluable defensive component at first base, Teixeira is missed by a Yankees team fighting tooth and nail to make the playoffs. New York takes a half-game lead into Tuesday's meeting with the Blue Jays, a tilt threatened by inclement weather. Nick Swisher and Steve Pearce have filled in at first, but Cashman made it clear how much Teixeira's absence is felt in the heat of a pennant race.

“We want to clearly, and need to, win the division,” Cashman said. “Everybody’s in this to win and run the whole table and be the last team standing, and that’s obviously playing a full ‘nother month deep into October. So our mindset is we’ve got to get this guy right so he can assist in that level for us. Getting him back to help us win the division and then losing him again makes no sense.”

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