DUNEDIN, Fla. - Like most veterans, Carlos Beltran doesn't make too much of spring training results.
Still, hitting a baseball flush is satisfying at any time of year, and the rightfielder certainly liked the feeling in Sunday's third inning when he tattooed a fastball from Blue Jays righthander Todd Redmond well over the wall in right for his first exhibition homer.
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"That's why we're here, to try to get our swings and our timing back," the 36-year-old switch hitter said. "It always feels good every time you square a ball and hit it good."
Beltran's left big toe was packed in ice after the game. He said it was the result of a "hard" batter's box and not an injury of any kind. "It's no big deal," he said.
Alfonso Soriano, sidelined for more than a week with flu-like symptoms -- though it remains somewhat of a mystery exactly what the illness has been -- hopes to get in a game early this week.
"More like kind of a little dizzy," Soriano said of the symptoms he still has. "I think it's because my body's been off for a week. But I think this week, I'll feel 100 percent and I'll start playing again."
Tex nearly ready
Mark Teixeira, recovering from surgery on his right wrist, has been brought along slowly, but the plan is for him to make his spring training debut Thursday or Friday.
"I think sometimes you worry about their anxiousness to get out there,'' Joe Girardi said, "but I think Tex has been pretty smart about the way he's gone about his work."