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Brian Cashman: Mark Teixeira could begin a rehab assignment as soon as Tuesday

05/23/2013 6:57 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

First baseman Mark Teixeira could begin a rehab assignment early next week.(AP)
Mark Teixeira isn't eligible to return from the disabled list until June 1, but it appears that the Gold Glove first baseman may be ready to rejoin the Yankees as soon as that date passes.

In a chat with the media on the Yankees' off day Thursday, general manager Brian Cashman intimated that Teixeira could begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Trenton as early as Tuesday -- which, if he sticks to the same five-day timetable as Curtis Granderson, would mean he could be ready to return to the Bronx on June 2.

Teixeira has been playing in simulated games all week, a schedule that includes a handful of at-bats on Thursday, and he told the Associated Press he was almost ready to make the next step.

"Everything is great ... I can't be happier with how I feel," Teixeira said Thursday. "Play in a few more games here and then hopefully next week, a rehab assignment at some point."

In addition to Teixeira's status, Cashman updated the media on most of the Yankees' injured players on Thursday, including all five pitchers currently on the disabled list.

In terms of other position players, Cashman said that Kevin Youkilis is now taking full at-bats in simulated games and "maybe joins [the Yankees] by next week," while Eduardo Nunez has graduated from tee and toss drills to live batting practice and could be back by the first week of June.

Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez, who is about three weeks into baseball activities, continues to run, hit in the indoor cages and take grounders on the field, while both Derek Jeter and Francisco Cervelli are still in the healing stages of their recovery and have not yet begun baseball activities.

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