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09:16 AM ET 05.25 | Plans can change quickly but Mark Teixeira said he believes he will be ready to come off the disabled list Friday night in time for the Red Sox-Yankees game at Yankee Stadium. "By the end of next week," Teixeira said when asked about being activated. The first day Teixeira is eligible to come off the 60-day DL is Thursday. He is scheduled to play in the second of two minor league rehab games that night for Double-A Trenton. But there is a chance he could be in the big leagues by then. "It looks like it's getting fairly close," manager Joe Girardi said before the Yankees' 9-4 victory over Rays last night at Tropicana Field. After playing in his first extended spring training game today against the Pirates at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Teixeira won't play in a game tomorrow. He will then play in extended spring training games Monday and Tuesday and join the Thunder for Wednesday's game. Teixeira, who hasn't played in anything but simulated games since suffering a right wrist tendon injury swinging a bat on March 5 preparing for the World Baseball Classic, participated in a simulated game yesterday at the complex with Kevin Youkilis, who is getting closer to returning from the DL. Youkilis has been sidelined because of a lower back issue.

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May 25, 2013  09:22 AM ET

He'll be striking out in key situations in no time...

May 25, 2013  09:28 AM ET

I hope it lasts longer than Grandersons return. I think?

May 25, 2013  09:32 AM ET

OK, so who goes? Overbay, second on the team in RBI? an extra IF that can play SS? Then you have only one. This is going to be a mess before it is all through with the returns. I would just release Youk when he is ready, he will just get hurt again. You have to pay him, but you don't have to play him. Adams at third has done great, what do you do with him?

May 25, 2013  09:37 AM ET

That photo of Tex and Prince Harry deserves a caption.

May 25, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

OK, so who goes? Overbay, second on the team in RBI? an extra IF that can play SS? Then you have only one. This is going to be a mess before it is all through with the returns. I would just release Youk when he is ready, he will just get hurt again. You have to pay him, but you don't have to play him. Adams at third has done great, what do you do with him?

There is no easy answer, that's for sure.

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May 25, 2013  11:49 AM ET

Not a Yankees fan at all so I didn't even realize he was out. I'll say this. That S.O.B. is one of the best fielding first basemen I've ever seen.

May 25, 2013  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

OK, so who goes? Overbay, second on the team in RBI? an extra IF that can play SS? Then you have only one. This is going to be a mess before it is all through with the returns. I would just release Youk when he is ready, he will just get hurt again. You have to pay him, but you don't have to play him. Adams at third has done great, what do you do with him?

Not an envious task at all. Right now - I think Youk may be the one to have to go...... it's the only move that actually makes any sense..... BUT - if he'll agree to go down - maybe let him hang around incase another injury bug creeps in......

May 25, 2013  06:21 PM ET

Overbay is playing well, The Yanks are winning no need to rush anybody back!

May 25, 2013  10:19 PM ET

What's up with that picture? I didn't know the prince was that tall.

 
May 26, 2013  07:56 AM ET

Thought Tex was a Broadway star now.

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