Yankees return still distant for Mark Teixeira

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Mark Teixeira is making slow progress in his recovery from the wrist injury that ended his 2013 season.

The first baseman was restricted to just 15 games for the New York Yankees last year and has so far made just tentative progress in spring training.

He is back hitting off of a tee and against coaches in batting practice but is still a long way from facing live pitchers.

"Probably a week to 10 days," said the New York Post when asked when he would ramp up his batting practice work. "I am following doctors' orders. The tape feels good and I tape myself."

The 33-year-old is not expected to play in a Grapefruit League game until the early March but said a specific plan has been drawn up to make sure he gets enough at-bats to be ready for the opening day.

Teixeira 2013 season was blighted by injury and he was hampered by wrist problems in his 15 games.

The Yankees star hit just .151 with three home runs but did hit .251/.332/.475 (115 OPS+) with 24 homers in 123 games in 2012 despite struggling with calf issues throughout the season.

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