David Robertson, Mark Teixeira healthy again
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TAMPA, Fla. - With far more clouds than spectators in attendance at Steinbrenner Field, closer David Robertson and first baseman Mark Teixeira completed their rehab stints with no apparent complications Saturday.
Robertson (strained left groin) threw 12 of his 16 pitches for strikes against Yankees farmhands on a windy, overcast morning.
After allowing a leadoff single, he recorded four consecutive outs in an extended inning, fanning the last batter on a called third strike.
"I'm not sure exactly how he felt," said Teixeira, Robertson's teammate in the extended-spring game, "but he looked really good to me."
Robertson said he felt as good as he appeared, especially after being informed that he was throwing "about normal speed." He's slated to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, when the Yankees open a three-game series in Boston.
"I think I'm ready to go pitch," he said. "I kind of left a few balls over the middle of the plate, but it's also 11 a.m., throwing on a field with no one here. It's not exactly a real-game situation, but it's close enough."
Teixeira (strained hamstring) played seven innings at first base, going 2-for-4 with a walk. He doubled to the leftfield wall in his first at-bat and ended his day with an RBI single to centerfield.
Teixeira is expected to be activated Sunday -- the first day he is eligible to return -- when the Yankees wrap up a four-game series against the Rays at nearby Tropicana Field.
"It felt good," said Teixeira, who went on the DL after the season's fourth game. "I've had a lot of good work in New York and here, so there's really nothing else for me to do."
If anything, he might be healthier than he was on Opening Day. Teixeira said his prolonged spring has strengthened the surgically repaired right wrist that limited him to 15 games last season.
"I think it's been good for the wrist, I really do," he said.
"Spring training was long and grueling. I definitely didn't want to take 15 days off, but I take a positive in everything that happens, and that's the positive I'll take from this: My wrist got a little stronger."
Brendan Ryan, on the disabled list since the start of the season with a pinched nerve in his back, also was scheduled to play in Saturday's game but did not because of hamstring tightness, Joe Girardi said. He took six simulated at-bats so he would not be forced to run. Girardi told reporters in St. Petersburg that he considered the setback very minor.
With Erik Boland