ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mark Teixeira finally said aloud what most in the Yankees organization already figured. He will not be ready to rejoin the team May 1, which was mentioned early as a possible return date after he injured his right wrist.
"That's probably not going to happen,'' Teixeira said before Tuesday night's game. "It's not a setback. [The wrist] just hasn't loosened up.''
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Teixeira suffered a partially torn tendon sheath March 5 and was given a prognosis of being sidelined 8-10 weeks. He still hopes to be able to return by the 10-week mark, but he isn't guaranteeing it. Not with the wrist allowing him to take only dry swings -- with a bat but not at a ball.
He stressed he's feeling "stiffness'' but not pain. He will accompany the team to New York, where he will continue rehabbing, rather than staying in Tampa to start appearing in rehab games.
Kevin Youkilis, who was scratched from Monday's lineup with the same back tightness that forced his removal from Saturday's game in Toronto, did not participate in baseball activities Tuesday. He spent the afternoon in the training room getting treatment.
"My guess is he probably won't play until Thursday,'' Joe Girardi said.
Girardi said Youkilis, who had stints on the disabled list in 2011 and 2012 with back issues, has been evaluated by team medical staff in Tampa but no tests are scheduled.
Jeter in walking boot
Girardi said Derek Jeter, who suffered a setback last week when another fracture was discovered in his left ankle, is in a walking boot. Jeter will be in New York Thursday, when he will talk at length for the first time about his injury.