Mark Teixeira makes first appearance in Extended Spring Training gameYankees first baseman goes 1-for-2 with a walk in first game action
Mark Teixeira's road back to the Major Leagues took a positive turn on Monday, as the Yankees first baseman saw his first game action in an Extended Spring Training game down in Florida.
Felt good to get my first AB's since March. 1-2 with a double and a walk, I'll take it. #Yankees in first place, I'll take that too!- Mark Teixeira (@teixeiramark25) May 20, 2013
Last week, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he preferred if Teixeira went through a "full Spring Training load" of at-bats; because Teixeira is on the 60-day disabled list, he is ineligible to return until June 1 at the earliest, and in a media gathering at Monday's Yankees/New Era Pinstripe Bowl Charity Golf Classic, general manager Brian Cashman said that the team will "hold our breath" for now in regards to the first baseman's status.
"Unfortunately with his circumstance, you've got to go through the entire process," Cashman said. "Until he is actually rehabbing in games...we'll hold our breath for a while, and then he'll go through Spring Training. If that goes fine, then I'll believe at we're OK. But prior to that, I'm not gonna count my chickens yet."
Ivan Nova was also scheduled to pitch in an Extended Spring game on Monday, and according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Yankees hope that Michael Pineda, who threw 51 pitches in an Extended Spring outing on Saturday, will need just two more of those starts before beginning a true 30-day rehab assignment.