Teixeira has been trying to get his work in all week, but there have been organization snafus. Since he is scheduled to play in his first exhibition game Thursday, Teixeira thought he would be taking live batting practice Monday and Tuesday. He took limited live BP on Monday, but on Tuesday the Yankees, with 34 pitchers in camp, had no one to throw to him.
On Tuesday, manager Joe Girardi was displeased.
"Believe it or not, we don't have someone," Girardi said Tuesday. "I'm extremely disappointed because we didn't have one. I told Larry I didn't know if I could go on with my day. Confused."
Teixeira understandably wanted to practice against as close to game action as possible and thought that would at least happen Wednesday. Instead, he saw only five pitches, making contact with three balls (a foul ball, a groundout and a ground single) before Rothschild said the session was completed.
Later in the morning, Teixeira took regular batting practice with Willie Randolph throwing from about 40 feet. Live batting practice is against active pitchers, while regular BP is when coaches or guest instructors throw.
Afterward, Teixeira didn't sound thrilled, but tried to prevent it from becoming a big deal. He said he felt he would still be prepared to play Thursday.
"I thought I was going to get a lot more work the last few days," Teixeira said. "But I just do what I am told."
A year ago today, Teixeira hurt his wrist. We will have more on him and his possible legacy on the site later today.