ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Declaring he "couldn't be happier'' with how he's feeling, Mark Teixeira is ready to rejoin the Yankees.
"Another good day,'' he said Friday morning after going 1-for-5 in a minor-league game at the Yankees' minor-league complex in Tampa.
Teixeira, on the disabled list with a strained right adductor muscle since April 5, is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday.
"It's not my call,'' said Teixeira, scheduled to play seven innings in another minor-league game Saturday. "I think I'll be ready Sunday, but we'll just see what the team wants. Any time you're on the DL, you look at what the first day is you're eligible and you say, 'That's when I'm going to be back.' I feel up to it.''
As does Teixeira's surgically repaired right wrist.
"I think the biggest thing is mechanically I'm finishing my swings, which is very important,'' he said. "In the back of my mind, I'm not protecting it, which is good."
Carlos Beltran, who crashed into and fell over the short wall in rightfield while chasing a foul ball Thursday night, had X-rays of his left shoulder and right wrist Friday. They came back negative, but he was held out of Friday night's game and is questionable for Saturday night's.
"Nothing is broken, just a little sore,'' Beltran said. "I'm lucky. I laughed after, but it could have been real bad.''
Brendan Ryan, limited to stretching exercises the better part of the last three weeks because of a pinched nerve in his back, took simulated at-bats Friday and went through drills on the field. The shortstop is scheduled to play five innings in the field Saturday in a minor- league game and hopes to be back with the Yankees shortly after May 1.
Pineda pops one
With the Yankees' first interleague road game three weeks away, pitchers began taking batting practice Friday. CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda were among those hitting. The 6-7, 265-pound Pineda launched a ball 15 to 20 rows deep in the leftfield seats.