Mark Teixeira to return Sunday

Updated: April 18, 2014, 2:56 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira singled in five at-bats Friday during his second extended spring training game since injuring his right leg.

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AP Photo/Kathy WillensNew York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hopes to be back in the lineup Sunday after coming off the disabled list.

Teixeira played five innings of defense in an intrasquad game at the Yankees' minor league complex. He said he is ready return Sunday, the first day he is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list.

"Another good day," Teixeira said. "Couldn't be happier with how it's progressing."

Teixeira hurt an adductor muscle that runs alongside the hamstring trying to make a play on a foul grounder during an April 4 game against Toronto. He is to play seven innings in extended spring Saturday.

Closer David Robertson is scheduled to pitch in Saturday's extended spring training game. On the disabled list due to a left groin strain, Robertson is expected to return Tuesday.

Infielder Brendan Ryan, on the disabled list due to a pinched nerve in his upper back, took seven simulated at-bats and is also set to play in Saturday's extended spring game. Ryan hopes to rejoin the Yankees in 10 days to two weeks.

"It's nice to be almost a player again," Ryan said. "It's coming along great."


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