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Monday, April 1, 2013
Postgame notes: Tex, Jeter, Hughes & Mo

By Andrew Marchand

The news wasn't all bad for the Yankees on Monday. In fact, Mark Teixeira's doctor's appointment might ultimately prove more important than the game.

Teixeira was told he could remove his wrist brace, which is the first hurdle in a possible May 1 return. Over the next 10 days, Teixeira will work on strengthening the wrist. If he can do it without feeling pain, then he could be picking up a bat a week-and-a-half from now.

"It went very well," Teixeira said. "He thinks it is healing great. I got the go-ahead to take off for the brace most of the time. While I'm working out, he wants me to wear it, because I'm starting to do some light upper body workouts. Just don't overdue it. He was very happy with the progress."

2) JETER BACK TO WORK: There is no telling when Derek Jeter will return, but he did play catch on Monday after taking a few days off. Jeter is going to need weeks to build up his ankle in preparation to play in back-to-back games. The most Jeter has played in a game is five innings. He is going to likely have to be out there for nine innings in back-to-back games before the Yankees put him on the big league roster.

3) HUGHES READY?: With Phil Hughes (bulging disk) progressing, Joe Girardi wouldn't rule out the possibility of Hughes starting in Detroit on Saturday. The Yankees could decide to stay with the original plan, having Hughes start one more minor league game, but Girardi wasn't committing either way.

If Hughes does start another minor league game, he is expected to begin his first big league game in Cleveland on April 11.

David Phelps is listed as Saturday's starter against Detroit. Phelps pitched 1 1/3 innings of one-run relief on Monday. Phelps said he expected to be in the bullpen because even by pitching on Monday he is still on normal rest.

If Hughes doesn't come off the DL, then Phelps will make the start against the Tigers on Saturday.

4) WILD STACHE: Joba Chamberlain was wild and ineffective in the ninth (2/3 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 BB), but he declined to blame the windy, cold weather that showed up in the ninth.

5) MO THANKS: Monday could have been a more memorable day if Mariano Rivera had finished out a Yankee victory. Instead, the Yanks lost and Rivera only appeared for introductions. He received the loudest cheer of the day.

"It was good," Rivera said.

He then requested to be asked about something different because he doesn't like to talk about himself.

6) CANO IS ALL YOU KNOW: Robinson Cano was the only Yankee to start the 2012 opener as well as Monday's at the same position. It is the first time the Yankees have had just one player start in the same position from year-to-year since 1959-60.