New York Yankees
NEW YORK -- If he continues to make progress with his injured back, Mark Teixeira looks as if he could return to the Yankees during the three-game series that begins in Texas on Monday.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was non-committal, but with Teixeira starting to swing, he figures to be ready by Wednesday if there are no setbacks.
"I don't know," Girardi said. "I'm going to take day-by-day and see how he feels."
Teixeira has missed the past seven games, including Sunday. Girardi had said if Teixeira were going to be out 12 games or more they would like retroactively DL him. With Teixeira out, the Yankees have essentially played with a 24-man roster.
Beltran in right?: Carlos Beltran could play in the outfield again by the time the Yankees return home Aug. 4 against the Tigers, Girardi said. Beltran has been limited to DH-only duties since he came back from bone spurs in his right elbow. He is in the midst of a throwing program to see if he is rid of any pain.
If Beltran can play the outfield again, it will open up the DH spot for Girardi to give his other regulars some half days off.