RYE, N.Y. -- When he heard that Mark Teixeira had had his first at-bat since March, Brian Cashman greeted the news with the dubious trepidation of . . . well, the general manager of an injury-plagued team.
"You gotta wait,'' Cashman said Monday afternoon, minutes after Teixeira tweeted about his swings. "I know he feels really good. I know he feels strongly that this is going to be successful, and that's great. That's worth something. But at the end of the day, I've been disappointed before.''
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Teixeira, who went down in March with a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, appeared in a simulated game with at-bats against minor-league pitchers. Afterward, he tweeted: "Felt good to get my first ABs since March. 1-2 with a double and a walk. I'll take it . . . ''
Yet Cashman, on hand at Westchester Country Club for the Yankees/New Era Pinstripe Bowl Charity Golf Event, was quick to point out that there seemed to be reason for optimism about Brett Gardner's wrist injury last year, "but he was sore after two [rehab] games.''
He added, "Until [Teixeira] is actually rehabbing in games, we'll hold our breath for a while. If he gets through [extended] spring training and if it goes fine, then I'll believe we'll be OK. I'm not going to count my chickens yet . . . We can't say he's out of the woods.''
"What I can confirm today is the Big 12 will not be part of the game,'' Levine said. "I understand it. I think it's better for both. Geographically, there are much better conferences for us.''
The bowl, now in its fourth year, historically pits the No. 4 team from the Big East against the No. 7 team from the Big 12. It's not official, but Levine said "there's a good chance . . . a strong possibility'' that the spot will be replaced by the Big Ten.