Tex message: Relieved by MRI

April, 7, 2014
Apr 7
8:06
PM ET
NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira's MRI on Monday showed a Grade 1 strain, giving him a feeling of relief and optimism that he can return in two weeks.

"I was hoping it would only be a seven days, two weeks type thing," Teixeira said. "Again, I didn't want to go on the DL. Again, we can't play short and push it this early. Hopefully, the two weeks will be plenty of time."

Teixeira will start an exercise program on Tuesday. "I knew it wasn't anything major," Teixeira said.

Teixeira only played in 15 games in 2013 because of wrist surgery.

He said he was among the players who teased Derek Jeter for not busting out of the gate on his near home run in the fifth inning on Monday.

"Listen, we've all done it," said Teixeira, who then referred to Jeter's upcoming birthday in June. "For Derek, at 40, we're going to let him slide. He's an old man."
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .286
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 64
RB. Gardner 79
OPSJ. Ellsbury .778
ERAH. Kuroda 3.88
SOM. Tanaka 135