Injured New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira could soon start playing in minor-league games while pitcher Andy Pettitte is also working his way back to the majors.
Teixeira has been out since injuring his right wrist in early March while with the U.S. team preparing for the World Baseball Classic. The All-Star has been taking part in simulated games this week at the Yankees’ minor league complex.
“Everything is great ... I can’t be happier with how I feel,” Teixeira said. “Play in a few more games here and then hopefully next week, a rehab assignment at some point.”
“The team is doing great and they’d rather you’d make sure you’re 100 percent healthy and be ready for long haul.’’
Pettitte played catch for the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list last Friday because of a strained left trapezius muscle in his upper back.
“Felt really good,” said Pettitte, who will throw again today.
Pettitte (4-3), who will turn 41 next month, missed a start in April because of lower back problems.
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, coming back from hip surgery in January, kept fielding grounders and hitting in an indoor cage as he wraps up his third week of on-field work. He did not stop to talk with reporters after working out.
A-Rod could rejoin the Yankees after the All-Star break.
There is still no timetable when captain Derek Jeter will make his season debut for the Yankees. He is still recovering from a broken ankle.
Phillies put Utley on 15-day DL
The Philadelphia Phillies placed five-time All-Star second baseman Chase Utley on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain.
Utley could miss up to four weeks. The team will make a roster move before Friday’s game at Washington.
“We do believe and hope that Chase will be ready to play in Philadelphia within 15 days,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We are being cautious with this injury as it is a tricky one and want to make sure it isn’t an issue for him throughout the season.”
Utley is batting .272 with seven homers and 25 RBI. Freddy Galvis replaced him in the starting lineup.
Around the leagues
The Baltimore Orioles optioned right-hander Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk and designated right-hander Alex Burnett for assignment. Arrieta is 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA in four starts this season. Burnett pitched in two games for the Orioles. The moves were made to clear a roster spot for rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman, the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft. … The Toronto Blue Jays promoted left-hander Sean Nolin to make his major-league debut tonight against the Baltimore Orioles. Nolin went 10-0 with a 2.04 ERA in 20 games at two minor-league levels last season. … The Kansas City Royals sent struggling reliever Kelvin Herrera to the minors. The Royals recalled right-hander Luis Coleman from Omaha. … The Texas Rangers placed right-hander Derek Lowe on unconditional release waivers and signed utility man Mark Teahen to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock in Memphis. … The Seattle Mariners sent slumping catcher Jesus Montero to Triple-A Tacoma.
Canseco denies allegations
Former baseball slugger Jose Canseco is denying a woman’s claim that he sexually assaulted her, calling the allegations “laughable.” Canseco, 48, spoke to reporters Thursday before playing in an independent league game in Fort Worth, Texas.