Yanks get positive reports on Tex, D-Rob
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yankees have received positive reports on first baseman Mark Teixeira and closer David Robertson, both of whom participated in a Minor League game on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a walk and a double and played seven innings in the field, and expects to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday -- the first day that he is eligible. Teixeira strained his right hamstring on April 4 in Toronto.
"We feel that he's ready to go," manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll talk about it tonight. I want to talk to him when he gets here, see how he's feeling, and then we'll go from there."
Robertson threw 16 pitches in one inning and is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday, when the Yankees open a three-game series at Fenway Park.
Girardi is not sure whom the Yankees will trim from the roster to make room for Teixeira. Infielders Scott Sizemore and Dean Anna both have Minor League options and are possibilities.
In addition, the Yankees had infielder Brendan Ryan take six simulated at-bats on Saturday in Tampa. Ryan had been scheduled to play in a Minor League game but was bumped to simulated action because of a tight hamstring.
"That's probably normal," Girardi said. "I think all guys probably go through it in Spring Training. We thought we'd be cautious and say, 'Just take your at-bats and don't run.'"