Mark Teixiera, Kevin Youkilis heading to minor-league rehabs

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis last season, before they were teammates.
Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis last season, before they were teammates. (USATSI)

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Injured Yankees infielders Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are set to begin their minor-league rehab stints together.

Each player took part in an extended spring training game on Tuesday and are now headed to Double-A Trenton. The guess is they'll be playing in front of a few more people there.

Teixeira and Youkilis are expected play for Trenton on Wednesday and Thursday. If all goes well, they could both be activated Friday in time for a big three-game series against the Red Sox.

Teixeira, 33, has been out since early March with a tendon sheath injury in his wrist. He hit .251/.332/.475 with 24 homers, 84 RBI and 27 doubles in 123 games last season. When Teixeira does return, he'll take over for Lyle Overbay at first base. Overbay is hitting .251/.296/.473 with eight homers and 28 RBI this year.

Youkilis, 34, has been out since April 27 with a lumbar spine sprain. He's hitting .266/.347/.422 with two homers and seven RBI in 17 games this year. David Adams has been playing third lately for the Yankees, hitting .295/.311/.500 with two homers and five RBI in just 11 games.

Also of note for the walking wounded of New York:

  • Alex Rodriguez has resumed taking on-field batting practice as he continues recovery from January hip surgery.
  • Andy Pettitte threw 75 pitches in a five-inning simulated game on Tuesday as he recovers from a strained muscle in his back.
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